James Faleke Vows To Challenge Appeal Court Verdict


Mr. James Faleke of All Progressives Congress (APC) has vowed to challenge the Court of Appeal verdict which affirm the election of Governor Yahaya Bello.

This is contained in a statement by his Director of Media, Mr. Duro Meseko shortly after the judgment in Abuja, on Thursday.

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja had yesterday (Thursday) upheld Mr. Yahaya Bello as Governor of Kogi State after it dismissed the suit led by Mr. James Faleke, challenging his election.

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In the statement, Faleke said  he disagrees with the judgment and there was need for him to express his constitutional right by challenging the judgment in the Supreme Court.

Part of the statement read:

“We strongly condemn the judgement and believe that the Supreme Court, that is the custodian of Nigeria Constitution and the court of the people, will do justice to our case.” 

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Governor Yahaya Bello

He also said that the judgment was politically motivated and would not stand the test of time. Adding that it was curious for the Appeal Court to hold that INEC manual for elections had a coordinate locus as the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Mr. Faleke cited Section 187 of the constitution, arguing that it was wrong for the appellate court to rule that he could not be declared winner because he did not participate in the primary election of the APC.

He appealed to his supporters to be calm and go about their normal businesses, as “victory shall be revealed at the Supreme Court’’.

However, Governor Yahaya Bello, has appealed to his predecessor, retired Capt. Idris Wada and Mr. Faleke, to bury the hatchet and team up to move the state forward.

Governor Bello who made the plea in Lokoja on Thursday, in an interview with newsmen after the appellate court ruling, described the court judgment as not only a victory for himself, but a victory for Faleke and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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He also called on Faleke to come forward with ideas and plans that could take the state to its promised land.

“Our people have to move forward. There is bound to be disagreement in a family, the most important thing is for us to come together and resolve it,’’ Bello said.