Kogi State House of Assembly members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, have threatened to impeach any substitute presented by the national leadership of the party in place of late Abubakar Audu, if his son Muhammadu Abubakar Audu is not made the governorship candidate.
The lawmakers, who besieged the headquarters of the party in Abuja on Friday, said no candidate other than Muhammadu will be accepted by them, saying, “it is Muhammadu Audu or nobody.”
Alfa Momoh Rabiu, who spoke on behalf of the state lawmakers, warned APC not to make the mistake of bringing anyone else apart from the son of the late Audu.
“Based on our discussion, we have taken a decision and taken our resolution to the national chairman. We are overwhelmed by the response from them, but we are still waiting for a safe landing so that Kogi will not be doomed.
“We told the national chairman that on no account should anybody be smuggled in to occupy that position which we worked for in conjunction with the late Audu without whom, there will be no APC in Kogi State.
“We present to the national leadership, Prince Mohammed Audu to replace his late father. It is not because he is the first son, but try him, he is very intelligent and equal to the task. With him, we will have the Kogi of our dream.
“We also resolved, and we will appreciate if the leadership will understand that we came to complain to them with pains and tell them our position because of the commitment of our leader, we don’t want Kogi to be left in the hands of the PDP any longer.
“We are the legislators and have told the national chairman our position that in any case anybody is smuggled in contrary to what we present to them, we know the best way to remove him. It is not a threat, but we told them that we have no intention of washing our dirty linen in public.
“Removing somebody is just a two minute job for us as lawmakers in the state. We want the change we worked for and we want Kogi to be part of the moving train.
“We are the electorate and we know why we are here. There will be no solution to this problem without giving us listening a ear. Prince Audu was the man who went through primary before nominating Faleke as his deputy. We are not asking Faleke to stay away from the ticket. We equally worked with him during the campaigns. What we are saying is that it should be Mohammed Audu/Faleke ticket. The two of them must work together,” he said.
Abubakar Audu, the APC candidate in the Kogi governorship election, was leading in the election which was declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. He died while the votes were being collated.
However, the decision by the INEC to allow the APC to replace Audu with another candidate in the December 5 supplementary election has sparked controversies both within the APC, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and across the nation.


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