James Faleke, late Abubakar Audu’s running mate, has written a letter to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Kogi state governorship poll.
Faleke expressed sadness over the passage of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate.
However, he told the electoral commission to declare him governor-elect.In a letter dated from November 26 to INEC boss, Mahmood Yakubu, Faleke restated that under Section 187 of the 1999 Constitution, he was punctually elected as deputy governor of the state.
The politician added that INEC had no right under the law to announce the poll inconclusive.
He blamed the commission for intentionally creating what he titled “legal conundrum” and advised the APC not to be a party to the action.
Through his counsel, Wole Olanipekun, Faleke wrote:
“In law and logic, no new candidate can inherit or be a beneficiary of the votes already cast, counted and declared by INEC before that candidate was nominated and purportedly sponsored.”
“Assuming without conceding that INEC is even right to order a supplementary election, the votes already cast, counted and declared on Saturday, 25th November 2015, were votes for the joint constitutional ticket of Prince Abubakar Audu and our client.
“Therefore, no new or ‘supplementary’ candidate can hijack, aggregate, appropriate or inherit the said votes.”
He also wrote another letter to John Oyegun, party’s chairman, advising APC to distance itself from the “Greek Gift” being proposed to it to choose a new candidate for a scheduled supplementary election in 91 polling units.
Faleke stated the election had already being won and lost, and that the party should rather support him in actualizing the mandate already given to APC and its candidates.
Abubakar Audu, who died around on Sunday, November 22, was buried on Moday according to Muslim rites.
Late APC governorship candidate was leading his contender Idris Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party by 41,353 votes.
Meanwhile, the INEC declared the poll inconclusive and scheduled supplementary election in 91 polling units for December 5.