wadaGovernor Idris Wada of Kogi state and the deputy governorship candidate of the APC, in the November 21 governorship election, Hon. James Faleke yesterday failed to stop the supplementary election holding today.
In the judgement that lasted for about two hours, the trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole held that he had taken a cursory look into the reliefs sought by the five plaintiffs and found that they were the type that cannot be granted by the court.
The court further held that from the processes filed by the plaintiffs, there was no dispute in the fact that the November 21 governorship election was substantially conducted and results being announced when the candidate of APC ‘tragically’ died.
Justice Kolawole also held that it was also not in dispute that the deceased APC candidate was leading by over 41, 000 votes when he passed away.
The court also held that there was no dispute in the fact that Governor Idris Wada scored second largest votes and that James Faleke was having a joint ticket with the late Audu and that they were coasting home to victory when the death came.
The judge also noted that from the undisputed facts, the court held that the Kogi state governorship election had been substantially conducted by INEC and by that, the only appropriate place for aggrieved contestant in that election is the state governorship election petition tribunal to ventilate their anger when the election is finally concluded.
He added that it would amount to an exercise in futility for the court to go into the merits of the five cases, when the undisputed facts supplied to the court by the plaintiffs themselves have proved beyond doubt that the matter was a post primary election which can only be adjudicate upon by a tribunal that will set up by the President of the Court of Appeal in line with Section 182 of the Constitution.
“Let me state here that the hands of the court are not tied, but the court cannot go into the merits of the five suits because of the glaring facts that this court has no jurisdiction”, he held. Justice consequently struck out the applications.
Wada and Faleke had in separate suits approached the court seeking to declare them winner of the November 21 governorship election.

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