Faleke reacts to Supreme Court ruling upholding Gov. Bello’s election

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The deputy governorship candidate in the November 21, 2015 election in Kogi State, James Faleke, has reacted to the judgement of the Supreme Court upholding the election of Yahaya Bello as governor of the state.

Mr. Faleke said he had no regrets challenging Mr. Bello’s election, saying he took the step in “good faith to protect the interest of the over 240,000 electorates that voted for the Audu/Faleke ticket”.

Mr. Faleke was the All Progressives Congress, APC’s running mate in the November election before the ticket holder, Abubakar Audu, died as he led in declared results.

Mr. Faleke challenged the APC’s decision to nominate Mr. Bello as its new candidate for a supplementary election that held in December 2015.

After a prolonged legal tussle at the high court and the appeal court, the Supreme Court onTuesdayupheld Mr. Bello’s election.

A seven-man panel headed by Justice Sylvester Ngwata affirmed the election after listening to the closing statements of all the counsel.

The court said it would provide reasons for its decision on September 30.

In his reaction, conveyed in a statement by Duro Meseko, Mr. Faleke said it would have amounted to a “betrayal of the sacred trust of the people who reposed implicit confidence in the Audu/Faleke ticket not to have defended the sanctity of their vote up till the Apex court level”.

“We have heard the judgement handed down by the Supreme Court jurists upholding Yahaya Bello as governor. We shall wait for the full text of the judgement to know why they came to that conclusion,” he was quoted as saying.

“But let it be stated here that we have no regrets challenging the declaration of our election as inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). What we did was to defend the votes cast for Audu/Faleke by the over 240,000 electorates on November 21, 2015.

“The people voted for us as candidates not APC because they believe in the kind of leadership we offer to provide for them during our campaigns. It would therefore amount to crass betrayal of the trust of these electorates not to have defended their votes till the end.”

Mr. Faleke said as a member of the House of Representatives, he would be glad to read details of the judgement so as to “know which areas of our nation’s jurisprudence require urgent review”.

He urged all his supporters to remain calm, peaceful and law abiding and thanked them for their support.

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  • vagabonds in power

    Shagari’s regime (1979-1983), incurred Buhari’s wrath when it decided to investigate the US$2.8 billion that disappeared from the Midland Bank, London account of the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation, (NNPC), during General Obasanjo’s era as military head of state that preceded Shagari’s. Dr. Olusola Saraki, Turaki of Ilorin, was the majority party leader of the Senate at the time and he headed the Senate Committee set up to trace the stolen money after some three years of clamour for such an investigation by members of the civil society. The money was traced to the Midland Bank London branch fixed account of Buhari, Obasanjo’s appointee as military head of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company.On the 31st December, 1983, Buhari struck under the cover of the political commotion that trailed the presidential election results. Buhari generally had no agenda for leadership but vendetta against those he called critics and rabble-rousers. Buhari did not see any moral wrong in his conversion of our oil money into his personal use. Rather he railed at the press and what he described as the self-righteous sections of the country for making a big deal out of the issue. He locked up without trial, politicians including all the Yoruba governors under Awo and Late Fela among others–Sadly the same Yorubas are aiding Bingo Buhari to destroy the economy again-for the second time running–what a shame-

    • What a shallow minded fool,look at all lies you weaves together,stupid people like you,especially the wailers will take in,but intelligent people will know it is an hatchet job commission by the corrupt cabal!.

    • Rommel

      We know that there was no such amount of money so stop wasting your breath,Jonathan had this issue investigated thoroughly and when he could not find anything,they ate the man O’level certificate and started chasing shadows,same shadows chasing they have been doing to Aisha Buhari,I hope you saw her with Michelle Obama,
      Sai baba !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • sab

        Rommel you are indeed working for your pay. History will remember and judge those who know the truth but refuse to say it or hide it away.

      • sab

        ROMMEL please google out this: BUHARI $2.8BILLION MIDLAND BANK. Then come back here and post your findings. Read particularly IBB’s statement on Buhari’s anti corruption and his challenge on Buhari on….

    • lawiri

      what was the total budget of Nigeria then?

      Think before you tell lies.

    • David Adeniran

      You are truly a VAGABOND, true to your name!

  • TrueFairGame

    what are you going to do with the details?. Did you think the supreme court will deliver in your favour? They are not that daft because it will create alot of legal contradictions that will be subject of debate for years to come.

  • Mamman

    “Vagabonds in Power” …the corollary to ur summation is simply this ( if u ddnt figure it out), that Buhari has such a clout that he could singlehandedly overthrow a govt, then, after committing all the atrocities that u said he committed, could still come back & win a democratic election. There must be something about the guy that you failed to see but which 13m Nigerians saw. Are you blind or something? As he said yesterday in NY, stop criticising him. Support him by proffering sound ideas to move the country forward. And, by the way, that isn’t the topic under discussion.

    • sab

      Didn’t he criticise those in power before him? What goes around comes around!

  • Kekedu

    Good outcome. The man Faleke too greedy.

  • Bala Salihu Dawakin kudu

    Thank God for the victory of Yahaya Bello at yhe Apex court and is a big slap to that doncall Faleke who has no respect and also disobedient to his Party. I advise Kogi peopl to drive lagis man from your area who use you to inrich himself. Hon Faleke,What you did was not to defend the votes cast for Audu/Faleke by the over 240,000 electorates on N9ovember 21, 2015. We are praying for you will not come back to the Upper house by the will of God. Therefore I advise the APC Headauarter to disregard and disassociate its self from the affairs of Hon Faleke who is not respecting the party. We thank God for the victory, and pray to Almighty God to support Yahaya Hello.

  • No Comment

    The Bola Tinubu Tragedy Continues…….

    “Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his group
    were warned of the possible outcome of the gamble and the gambit deployed in
    producing the Buhari Presidency. Tinubu was so blinded by the pursuit of power
    that he failed to take cognisance of the lessons of history and take caution.

    Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu hid under the cover of the Jonathan tragedy to bring
    back to power an ethnic oligarchy that has held Nigeria hostage for over five
    decades. In doing this, he spent money, energy, skills, goodwill, time, sweat
    and put in everything he got to ensure the success of the coalition he put
    together.

    His hope of getting positioned for greater influence in the run of things
    was dashed by those he has helped back to power, because as in the nature of
    this ethnic oligarchy, they are not the type that shares “control and domination”
    with anyone, not even the best of their friends, as history has shown and events
    have continued to validate”.

    ………………..Remi Oyeyemi

    (June 15th, 2015)

    • Omolaja nofiu

      I did not read this statement you ascribed to Yemi Oyeyemi, but I am particularly happy for and congratulate Chief John Oyegun and his team who steadfastly refused to be cowed to bow down to a single man who (in an attempt to protect his shady pasts) wants to use all kinds of legitimate and illegitimate means (such as bribery, media blackmail and trial) to appoint and impose all leaders in Nigeria from the president, VP, SFG, to APC chair, Senate president, Speaker of Reps, governors, deputies, Senators, to even judges and ordinary Iya-loja in Lagos!
      Such has been the height of insult, manipulations of collective interest and illegality that some people want all politicians and the rest of us (non-partisan Nigerians with conscience) to be docile about and celebrate as “democracy-in-action. Never! Modern servitude to a manipulative and ungodly ploitical god-father is a sheer betrayal of the collective future of Nigerians, bastartdisation of democracy and the creation a modern Mobutu Seseko, and possibly, an Adolf Hitler. “The man die in them” who continued to toe the line of illegality because of the fear of one man! Once again, I congratulate Chief Oyegun and co, for having the principles and guts to be counted at this time! However, let Yahaya Bello become serious with governance and stop needless frivolities in Kogi.

      • ojomaje ijato

        You are very correct to congratulate Oyegun and the APC gods in Abuja. This matter was never about the Kogi people, democracy or justice. It was a proxy fight among those who wants to control the levers of power in APC and by implication Nigeria. It was about lawyers and judges making money no matter how dirty. It was about young crooks from all parts of Kogi laying hands on state resources. Now that the juvenile governor has power, what is he going to do with it? Will he continue the squandering, partying and outright robbery that is rumoured to be the order of his government? Three years is not that far; may God spare us to see how it goes.

  • Aaaapeecee

    IN A SINGLE DAY, BOLA AHMED TINUBU IS TODAY
    FINALLY THROWN INTO THE TRASH BIN BY BUHARI FACTION OF APC party; FIRST AT
    THE SUPREME COURT – WHERE BOLA TINUBU’S CANDIDATE FOR KOGI GOVERNORSHIP
    WAS DISMISSED AND UNANIMOUSLY DISQUALIFIED BY THE SUPREME COURT.

    TODAY AGAIN, BOLA TINUBU’S CANDIDATE FOR THE ONDO STATE GOVERNOR WAS
    REJECTED BY THE APC NATIONAL WORKING COMMITTEE – WHICH INSTEAD UPHELD
    ROTIMI AKEREDOLU AS THE VALID APC CANDIDATE FOR THE ONDO ELECTION.

    • Pat

      Did Bola Tinubu complain to you?

    • David Adeniran

      Utterly sickly

  • Realitytalk

    Dont worry, God will give you your judgment soon