Court Throws Out Wada, Faleke’s Suits, Okay Kogi Supplementary Poll
?Gabriel Kolawole, justice of the federal high court, Abuja, on Friday ruled that the court had no jurisdiction to hear? the cases involving the Kogi governorship election, which was declared inconclusive on November 22.
The court held that only the election petition tribunal had the jurisdiction to hear the cases before it.
It also held that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) could go ahead with the conduct of its supplementary election in the state, scheduled for December 5.
Delivering his ruling, Kolawole said: “Only the election petition can entertain this case.
The court does not have the affirmation to make definitive pronouncements.”
The court had received four suits from different parties on the November 21 governorship election in Kogi state.
The suits were later consolidated into one?, with three issues outlined for determination. The issues were why Idris Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) should not? be returned as governor having secured the second highest votes in the election, whether the late Abubakar Audu died with his votes being the leading candidate in the election, and if the December 5 supplementary governorship election should hold.
The personalities behind the suits were James Faleke, Audu’s deputy in the inconclusive election, who asked the court to declare him governor of the state as well as to stop Saturday’s supplementary governorship election?; Wada, incumbent governor of the Kogi state, who asked the court to declare him winner on the grounds that he secured the second highest votes in the election; Emmanuel Daiko, who contested the governorship election on the Platform of Peoples Democratic Change (PDC), and asked that the supplementary election be declared illegal; Raphael Igbokwe (a PDP member of the house representatives), who asked the court to order the Independent National Electoral Commission (the first defendant) to hold a fresh election in the state, and Johnson Jacob, a native of Kogi state, who asked the court to cancel the election.