Declare Faleke’s House Of Reps’ Seat Vacant, Constituents Tell INEC

James-FalekeA group known as the Ikeja Stakeholders’ Forum, ISF, has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to declare the seat of the member representing Ikeja Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Abiodun Faleke, vacant.

A statement by its coordinator, Mr. Olanrewaju Osundairo warned that failure by INEC to declare Faleke’s seat vacant, it would head to court.

Hon. Faleke was the running mate to late Prince Abubakar Audu in the controversial Kogi State governorship election.

The lawmaker, who vowed not to recognize Alhaji Yahaya Bello as Governor-elect or present himself for swearing-in as Deputy Governor-elect, on January 27, 2016 has already petitioned the governorship tribunal, seeking to be declared as governor of Kogi State following the demise of Audu.

However, Hon. Faleke’s decision to hold on to his seat in the Green Chambers while fighting to be declared governor of Kogi State, has been condemned by the Lagos State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The ISF in a statement yesterday said: “By virtue of the fact that Faleke had transferred his franchise away from Lagos to Kogi State, he ceases to be a member of the constituency. He lacks the moral and legal rights to speak for us in Ikeja at the lower legislative chambers”.

The ISF also stated that the decision of the lawmaker to contest the governorship election of Kogi has impacted negatively on the representation of the area in the House of Representatives, saying the trend must be reversed in the interest of the people of the area.

“You don’t need anyone to tell you that Hon. Faleke has been distracted from representing us at the House of Representatives, all that concerns him now is how to become the governor of Kogi State and not to represent us.

“If INEC fails to act, we will compel them to do the needful using the judiciary”, the group said.

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