The running mate to the late Prince Abubakar Audu, Hon James Faleke has insisted that despite the decision of the All Progressives Congress, APC to give the ticket left behind by Prince Audu to Yahaya Bello, the man who came second in the APC primaries, he still remains the governor-elect.
In total defiance of the party’s directive, Faleke has concluded plans to head to the court to challenge the decision of the APC to hand over the ticket to Bello.
Addressing journalists after Monday’s marathon meeting, he insisted that “We were invited by our party leaders via an SMS message, the issue of Kogi state was paramount in the issues of the national leaders of our party, and they wanted a solution to it. However we started meeting from about three as you have observed, of course we discovered that the meeting we were invited for was just a mere briefing rather than being a meeting where we should have deliberated and find a solution to the quagmire we have found ourselves in Kogi State.
“We were only briefed about the position of the party. The party told us that they have nominated Alhaji Yahaya Bello. And off course we made it very clear as a political family of Alhaji Abubakar Audu that that was not acceptable to us. We told them it was not acceptable and we are not going agree with it. I personally noted that my name has been submitted to INEC as the deputy governorship candidate to pair with Yahaya Bello, and I told the national chairman that I have submitted a letter to both INEC and the APC leadership that on no ground will I want to be associated with the decision of the party because I am already governor-elect. I also told the national chairman that for us as the Kogi state political family, we are not going to take part on the supplementary election because I was not even consulted in taking that the decision.
“We are saying it very clearly that Alhaji Yahaya Bello did not take part in all the processes leading to the election. We are talking of only 91 polling units out of over 2500 polling units. We have made it very clear that if they go ahead to conduct the election because I have pulled out, that election will be challenged in the court of law. We would not have taken such decision if the party had taken the part of honour to go to court and challenge INEC. But the chairman told us directly that he would not go to court. Since the party will not go to court, we have taken it upon ourselves to challenge the INEC decision. It is our right. I have already submitted a letter to INEC distancing myself from the planned supplementary election.
“It is my right because first of all I am a Nigerian before been a member of the party”.

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