According to INEC, James Faleke remains Kogi deputy governor elect despite the latter publicly withdrawing his participation in the elections.
INEC during the early hours of the day declared Yahaya Bello governor elect after his victory in the state's supplementary governorship elections.
Amina Zakari, the INEC national commissioner, declared that Faleke remained Bello’s deputy because his party, the APC, had not withdrawn his nomination even though he had written to the electoral umpire informing it of his intention to pull out of the race.
“Unless the party withdraws a candidate, his letter is not enough, and unless the proper channel is followed which is through the party,” she said.
Faleke was running mate to late Abubakar Audu, and had asked to be declared governor-elect after Audu’s death. He'd also filed a suit against conducting the supplementary elections. The suit had been rejected.