OrderPaperToday – The running mate to late Abubakar Audu in the inconclusive governorship election in Kogi State, Mr. James Faleke, has rejected the choice of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as candidate for the supplementary poll scheduled for December 5.

In a letter to the national chairman of the APC, Mr. John Oyegun, Faleke said the choice of Mr. Yahaya Bello as replacement for Audu was a subversion of the people’s mandate freely given him and the late candidate saying such was unacceptable.

Bello had come second in the APC governorship primary and several reports including Faleke’s latest letter to the party’s chairman indicates that his name may have been submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as replacement for Audu.

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Faleke insisted in the letter that he remains the right and appropriate person to step into the shoes of his late principal in the election and that Bello cannot benefit from the votes given to the Audu/Faleke ticket on November 21.

Besides, he said he was not consulted before the choice of Bello was reached and that he could not be running mate to the new flagbearer whom he accused of being a mole of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the APC all along.

“Please, take note that I am not interested in surrendering the mandate the people of Kogi State bestowed on the Audu/Faleke joint ticket at the November 21 poll as I remain the governor-elect,” Faleke who is a member of the House of Representatives (Ikeja federal constituency) said in the letter.

The letter said in part: “I wish to put it on record that I was neither consulted by anybody before my name was submitted as running mate to a man who has since the conduct of primaries, abandoned the party, took the party to court, worked for the PDP, thereby causing our party to lose his polling unit 80 votes to his ally party PDPs 116, repeating same feat at the Ward level with APC scoring 1,146 to PDP’s 2,058.

“While it is true that the said Alhaji Yahaya Bello participated in our party primaries, its trite that party primaries are conducted to produce a candidate and once a candidate is produced, the congress, being an ad-hoc tool for that purpose, should automatically extinguish.

“It is clear from this injustice, that our party is on the path of rewarding disloyalty and discourage loyalty through this act of impunity for which we all fought the PDP.

“It may also interest you Mr. Chairman Sir, that the said Yahaya Bello, since the conduct of the primaries, had been aloof from party activities as it is on record that he did not attend a single meeting or campaign rally of the party.

“Mr. Chairman Sir, I am sure that it is neither in your interest, nor that of the party in particular and the public in general to lord an illegality on the people of Kogi State.

 “I believe in the leadership of our great party to resolve this in the shortest possible time, failure upon which I shall be forced to seek redress in the court of law.”

“Please take this letter as confirmation to dissociate myself from the unusual and strange supplementary nomination of my humble self as running mate to Alhaji Yahaya Bello, this also serves as a notice of rejection of the purported and illegal nomination of myself as running mate to Alhaji Yahaya Bello.

 “Following the demise of my principal after the announcement of results from the polling units, wards, local government areas and the state, our party had highest number of votes of 240, 867 against PDP’s 199, 514, thus creating a difference of 41, 353 votes between the two leading parties. On the strength of this, I hereby state clearly that I remain the governor-elect of Kogi State on the platform of our great party.”



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