A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Dr Tom Ohikere, has warned President Muhammadu Buhari to refrain from imposing northern agenda and resorting to religious bias state policies, stressing that it would be detrimental to the country as a whole.
Specifically, he warned the President not to impose a northern agenda on Kogi State in the handling of the replacement for the late Abubakar Audu, who passed on soon after the inconclusive governorship election, penultimate Saturday.
Dr Ohikere, who was Head of Media, Prince Abubakar Audu/Faleke campaign organisation,
disclosed this in Lokoja on Saturday while addressing the media. He cautioned the national chairman of the party, Chief John Oyegun, to avoid any act capable of setting Kogi State ablaze.
According to Ohikere, the presidency and APC leadership cannot say they are unaware of the provision of the law, over a running mate to a deceased candidate in an ongoing election, saying that the case of Kogi State should not be different.
“But it has been a grand conspiracy between the party leadership and the Presidency to ensure that a Muslim is used as a replacement to late Prince Abubakar Audu, who died on the 22nd of November,” Ohikere further alleged.
He pointed out that “the state will not only catch fire, but the late Prince Audu, will rise from the grave and unleash terror on anyone involved in this conspiracy,” he stressed.
He disclosed further that “our political mentor and father, late Prince Audu on his dying bed, gave instruction to us, his followers, that should he not make it, the baton must be transferred to his running mate, Faleke, whom he (Audu), said is capable of carrying on with his vision.”
According to Dr Ohikere, the party executives’ conspiracy started when they heard that Prince Audu was dead, and in an ulterior move to gauge a non Muslim (Faleke), to step in, the INEC returning officer, was quickly directed to declare the result inconclusive.
Ohikere, who was a former commissioner of information in the state, stressed that the AGF observation on the replacement of late Prince Audu was a pure script reading, pointing out that “I do not agree with the AGF on his position regarding the nomination of another candidate by the APC, I however, agree that supplementary election can be proceeded with by INEC.”
He maintained that by the provisions of section 187 (1) of the constitution, it therefore follows that in the Kogi State governorship election of 21st November, 2015, Hon. Faleke was a (an associate) candidate in that poll, insisting that the election having proceeded and results released or declared before the demise of the main candidate, the associate candidate must, constitutionally, be entitled to step into the shoes of the deceased, and the main candidate, Prince Audu.
Consequently, Ohikere opined that in view of the present circumstances, it would accord with the wisdom of the draftsmen of the constitution to allow Hon. Faleke, who was not just a candidate of APC in the recently held governorship election, but who has acquired vested rights in the results declared, to simply nominate a running mate who would conclude the process along with him.
He therefore, advised the Presidency and the national leadership of the party, for the sake of peace and unity the state is currently enjoying, to suspend their clandestine move of undermining the provision of the law based on selfish grounds.


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