Kogi Politics : Police arrest James Faleke’s brother

TVC E, POLITICS - Police have arrested a brother to James Faleke, the running mate to late Abubakar Audu, in the 2015 Kogi governorship poll. Funsho Olumoko, former chairman of Ijumu Local government area in Kogi state, was arrested by the police, around 1.30am on Tuesday, at his home, and taken to an unknown destination. Olumoko had addressed the press on Monday, critical of Yahaya Bello, the Kogi governor. Police officers were said to have come in four heavily armed vehicles, used a ladder to climb the fence, smashed the doors of his home,  and eventually took Olumoko. James Faleke is currently in court disputing the choice of Bello as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) after the death of Audu, while results were being announced....

Kogi election tribunal : Faleke adopts written address

TVC E, POLITICS - The Deputy Governorship candidate in the Kogi state governorship election, James Faleke has adopted his written address. After weeks of hearing pre-election matters, the Kogi state governorship election petition  tribunal kicked off hearing of the substantive  suit. At the hearing on Monday, security operatives had a hectic day controlling the supporters of Faleke and Yahaya Bello. Banners proclaiming support for both men were also seen struggling for the attention of passers by. And after hours of putting heads together, counsels in the matter agreed on procedures for the hearing. The petitioner, James Faleke mounted the witness stand to adopt his statement on oath and was cross examined. Faleke told the court that having ran the entire political campaign with the late Abubakar Audu, INEC should have declared him winner. Faleke insists that INEC erred by declaring the election inconclusive. He also disagrees with his party, the All Progressives Congress for replacing Audu with Yahaya...

Kogi: Hearing begins Monday in Faleke’s petition

TVC E, POLITICS - The Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal will on Monday commence hearing in the petitions challenging the election of Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as governor of the state. It was reliably gathered that six petitions were filed before the tribunal now sitting in Abuja following fear of insecurity in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital. On Tuesday, tribunal Chairman, Justice Halima Muhammed announced that parties would adopt reports of their pre-hearing sessions beginning from Monday (March 14), following which trial will commence. The chairman said the tribunal will take the objections to the petition along with the substantive petition. Parties in the petitions told the Tribunal that they will be calling two witnesses each to prove their cases in the petition challenging Governor Bello’s election. On February 23, 2016, the Tribunal fixed dates for pre-hearing sessions in the six petitions filed by different parties challenging the outcome of...

X-raying the life of late minister, James Ocholi

TVC E, NEWS - James Ocholi was born on November the 26th, 1960 in Idah, present day Kogi state, in the then Northern region of Nigeria, West Africa. He was the second child and first boy in a family of four females and two male children. Young Ocholi was brought up under strict morals and ethical behaviour. After losing his mother, James Ocholi became the breadwinner of the family, at a young age. Through hard work in his studies, James was able to secure a scholarship from the then Benue state Government, which enabled him to graduate as a lawyer from the University of Jos in 1985. He finished from the Nigerian Law School the following year and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1986. His marriage to Blessing Fatima Ocholi was blessed with five children. On December the 12th, 2007, he earned the title of Senior Advocate of Nigeria. He was also a Notary Public...

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