Inauguration in dilemma 
No going back- Faleke

falakeAhead of the January 27 inauguration of Alhaji Yahaya Bello as the substantive Governor
of Kogi State, indications emerged at the weekend that the presidency and leadership of the All
Progressives Congress, APC, are in fresh crisis. Both sides are currently in
dilemma over the pockets of challenges facing the inauguration and Hon. James Faleke’s insistence
to shun the event. However, Hon. Faleke has insisted that there was no going back on his earlier stand that he
was late Audu’s running mate, therefore, he should become governor-elect following his
principal’s death. Faleke insists that he will not pair with Alhaji Bello and has since
approached the court to declare him as the governorship candidate
of APC. Nigerian Pilot Sunday gathered from very authoritative sources
that officials of the presidency and the national leaders of the APC
have met a brick wall in their move to sway Faleke to change his mind
ahead of the inauguration. Several meetings are said to be
taking place at various levels to resolve the impasse to avoid likely
constitutional crisis if Alhaji Bello is sworn-in as
governor without a
It was
that the
of APC
leaders is
compounded by the thawed
relationship between the
presidency and the former Lagos
State governor, Asiwaju Bola
Tinubu, who is the political mentor
of Faleke.
Supporters of Tinubu are
aggrieved that President
Muhammadu Buhari shoved the
acclaimed national leader aside
after using him, his resources and
political structure to win the 2015
presidential election.
The cold treatment meted out
to the Tinubu’s camp and key members of the defunct Action
Congress of Nigeria, ACN, is
hampering the resolution of the
Kogi crisis, as APC leaders and the
presidency are at a loss over how
to approach Tinubu to intervene
in the crisis and prevail on James
Faleke to team up with
Yahaya Bello as his
Spokesman of the
Faleke group, Dr. Tom Ohikere,
confirmed to the Nigerian Pilot
Sunday in a telephone interview
last night that the position of
Faleke has not changed despite the
moves by the APC leaders.
According to him, many things
are happening behind the scene
to resolve the issue but the Kogi
logjam is a very complex one
because of the issues involved

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