Hon Abiodun Faleke, who refused to deputise Yahaya Bello for the Kogi State governorship supplementary election last Saturday, showed up in the House of Representatives, where he took part in the legislative business of the day, 72 hours after the conclusion of the governorship poll.
Faleke, who was not declared governor-elect of Kogi State after the death of his principal, Prince Abubakar Audu, currently represents Ikeja Federal Constituency in the 8th House of Representatives where he also chairs the Committee on Customs and Excise.
He came to the green chamber spotting a white flowing ‘agbada’ and a hand-made red cap, amid cheers from his colleagues in the House as he approached the chair where he held a brief chat with Speaker Yakubu Dogara before resuming to take his seat.
It will be recalled that he rejected his re-nomination as deputy governorship candidate to the eventual winner and governor-elect, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, and has since gone to court asking the judiciary to declare him governor-elect instead of Yahaya Bello whose name the All Progressives Congress, APC, forwarded to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, as substitute to the late Prince Audu.
In the suit, Faleke argued that both the INEC and the APC erred by first declaring the election inconclusive when the circumstances leading to the cancellation of the votes in most of the affected polling units bothered on over-voting and refusal to use card reader which amounted to violation of the Electoral Act of 2010.
He is also faulting APC’s decision to substitute late Audu with Yahaya Bello when he (Faleke) who participated in all the stages of the election with the late candidate should have been the replacement as against Yahaya Bello who did not participate in all the stages of the election, apart from the primaries where he came second.
His camp also accused Yahaya Bello of anti-party activities during the inconclusive poll, saying that the latter worked against the interest of the APC which accounted for why the party even lost his own polling booth in Okene.

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