Presiding Judge in the Kogi poll case,Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja, has declined jurisdiction in the suits filed in relation to the dispute on the inconclusive governorship election in Kogi State.
The judge, in two judgment he delivered on Friday,December 4, dismissed the suits filed by the state governor, Idris Wada and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the running mate to the late Abubakar Audu, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), James Faleke, and three others on the ground that his court lacked the jurisdiction to determine the issues raised.
Justice Kolawole said issue raised were election related and had crossed the “threshold” of matters for the court since results in most of the polling units had been declared.
He said the suits qualified as a post-election dispute that could only be entertained by the election petition tribunal which would be set up by the President of the Court of Appeal in line with section285(2) of the Constitution.
The judge said he refrained from looking at the merit of the cases to enable parties re-argued the issues involved at the election petition tribunal.