James Faleke, running mate to the late Prince Audu Abubakar in the inconclusive Kogi Gubernatorial election, has sued the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), demanding his immediate declaration as the governor-elect of Kogi State.
Chief Wole Olanipekun, the lead counsel to Faleke is praying the court to declare the supplementary election slated for Saturday December 5 as irrelevant because the November 21 election was conclusive contrary to the submission by INEC.
Prior to suing INEC, Faleke wrote to INEC on November 26 that he was legally elected during the election before the death of Prince Audu.
Writing through his lawyer, Faleke cautioned INEC against the supplementary election slated for December 5.
According to Faleke, “In law and logic, no new candidate can inherit or be a beneficiary of the votes already cast, counted and declared by INEC before that candidate was nominated and purportedly sponsored.
“Assuming without conceding that INEC is even right to order a supplementary election, the votes already cast, counted and declared on Saturday, 25th November 2015, were votes for the joint constitutional ticket of Prince Abubakar Audu and our client.
“Therefore, no new or ”˜supplementary’ candidate can hijack, aggregate, appropriate or inherit the said votes.”