OrderPaperToday – A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Friday struck out the suits seeking to stop the supplementary governorship election in Kogi State Saturday December 5th.
Both cases brought by Deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), James Faleke and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Idris Wada were struck out by Justice Gabriel Kolawole for lack of jurisdiction since the election has been substantially conducted.
Justice Gabriel Kolawole in his judgment on the suits which were consolidated said that the election is ongoing and the outcome can only be challenged at the Kogi State governorship election tribunal to be set up by President of the Court of Appeal.
He said the decision is aid the democratic processes particularly in the conduct of election.
He said the interpretation of the constitution which the court was invited to carry out cannot be done in vacuum. He therefore struck out the suits without cost.
The issues raises related to who won the kogi state governorship election held on November 21, 2015 which only the election tribunal can determine. The election was declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the process became complicated following the sudden death of the APC candidate, Mr. Abubakar Audu who was already leading with about 41,000 votes ahead of his closest rival, Governor Wada of the PDP.