Mr James Faleke, the running mate to the late Prince Abubakar Audu in the Kogi State Governorship election of November 25, 2015 has insisted that he is the governor-elect of the state despite that Yahaya Bello has been sworn in as governor.
He told the State Election Petition Tribunal on Monday to declare him winner based on the results of the election in which he had run with Audu and won.
Faleke made the call in Abuja on Monday while being led in evidence at the tribunal by his counsel, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN).
He said “I confirm to all the documents that were tendered this morning to be the ones I refer to in my petition.
“I will like to adopt the documents in my witness statement on oath and as my evidence in the petition.
“I want the tribunal to accept my petition and grant my reliefs as stated in paragraph 27 of my witness statement on oath and declare me as the winner.”
He told the tribunal that the emergence of the current governor, Bello was fraudulent and that the governor was not a member of All Progressives Party on which platform he had emerged but a member of the Peoples Democratic Party.
He said, “I am not aware that the 2nd respondent, Gov. Yahaya Bello, is a member of the APC. All I know is that the 2nd respondent campaigned and worked for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
“I was also not an aspirant at the primary election, but one of the conditions Audu picked me as his running mate was because I am a member of the APC.”
Faleke also challenged the legality of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to have classified the election inconclusive despite that the APC had polled substantial votes to beat PDP.
He said, “Myself and Prince Audu were declared winners at each polling unit, ward collation centre, each local government and the state collation centre. The state’s Returning Officer declared the result at the state collation centers.
“Prince Audu died in the morning and the election was declared inconclusive in the evening, so it was declared inconclusive far after the death’’, Faleke said.