The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has sued the lawmaker representing Ikeja Federal Constituency, James Faleke, challenging his continued membership of the House of Representatives. The party said Faleke, who was running mate to the late Prince Abubakar Audu in the  Kogi State governorship election, was no longer qualified to hold office.

The party and a member, Olakunle Okunola, are praying for an order to remove him from office. According to them, Faleke’s voting data have been transferred from Lagos to Kogi State. “His being a House of Representatives member from Lagos has, therefore, been invalidated,” the plaintiffs said. They are also urging the court to declare that the All Progressives Congress (APC) breached Section 37 of the Electoral Act when it nominated Faleke for the March 28, 2015 National Assembly election and later nominated him as its deputy governorship candidate for the November 21, 2015 governorship election in Kogi. The applicants are urging the court to declare that Faleke’s membership of the House had expired because his voting data had been transferred from Ikeja Federal Constituency of Lagos State to Ekinrin-Ade ward of Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State. Joined as respondents in the suit are Faleke, APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The plaintiffs prayed for an order of perpetual injunction restraining INEC from reversing or re-transferring Faleke’s voting and membership data from Ekinrin-Ade ward in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State to the Ikeja Federal Constituency 1 of Lagos State. They urged the court to stop Faleke from parading himself as a member of the House representing Ikeja Federal Constituency 1. Justice Anka granted the order to serve the APC by substituted means as requested by the plaintiffs but directed them to go to Kogi State and effect personal service on Faleke. He adjourned till January 26 for report of service.

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