#KogiDecides: Court Gives INEC Permission To Continue Kogi Poll

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A Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday, December 4 gave the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) the permission to continue supplementary election in Kogi state.

Ruling on four suits filed before the court, Gabriel Kolawole said while the Federal High Court lacks the jurisdiction to hear the case, INEC should continue with the supplementary election as scheduled.

Kolawole also said that if after the election, any arising grievances should be directed to the governorship election tribunal.

He also pondered on why individuals quickly run to the Federal or state High Courts in cases of intra-party.

Kolawole said only the election tribunal can entertain the case.

He also advised the political parties to either approach the tribunal or address the intra-party issues among the political parties.

In addition, Kolawale struck out the suits by the present governor, Idris Wada and running mate to the late Prince Audu Abubakar, James Falake. The judge in his ruling said both Faleke and Wada’s case lacks merit.

On Thursday, December 3, ruling on the matter was adjourned after parties involved adopted all final written addresses on legal submissions and applications following the death of the flag bearer of the Kogi state All Progressive Congress (APC) gubernatorial election, Abubakar Audu.

James Faleke, the party’s candidate for deputy governor had filed a suit over the decision of INEC to declare the Saturday, November 21 kogi election inconclusive.

Faleke asked to court to compel the electoral body to declare his joint ticket with the late governorship candidate winner of the election.

He also asked the court to stop INEC from conducting a supplementary election in 91 polling units as scheduled for Saturday, December 5.

Aside that, the present governor of the state, Idris Wada who is also the flag bearer for the PDP in a suit asked the court to declare him (Wada) winner of the kogi election

Wada buttressed his suit on the grounds that he is the second runner in the election and got the highest votes after the late APC candidate.

Also, candidate for the People for Democratic Change (PDC), Emmanuel Daiko in a third suit queried the need for a supplementary election, he however asked the court to order INEC to conduct a fresh election in the state.

Daiko said it will be illegal for APC to substitute its deceased candidate, his suit is supported by a fourth one filed by Raphael Igbokwe, a PDP member of the House of representative from Imo state.

Contrary to all four suits, a fifth one filed by a lawyer Johnson Usman asked the court to compel the electoral body to stop all electoral activities in the state pending the determination of the suits.

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