National chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has said that the party would not hesitate to replace James Faleke, the running mate to late Prince Abubakar Audu in the Kogi election who has declined running with Audu’s replacement, Yahaya Bello.
Oyegun, who spoke to journalists at the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja also explained the intricacies behind the choice of Yahaya Bello over James Faleke as successor to the late Abubakar Audu in the Kogi State governorship election.
According to Oyegun, the party chose a less difficult path in resolving the crisis that was not anticipated by the party and not provided for in any law book of the country.
Asked what led to the choice of Bello above Faleke, he said, “The situation that even INEC and the whole nation were confronted with was not known to the law.
“The laws that exist say you must have participated in the processes and the only way we could select somebody who had participated was to go back to the primary. Most unfortunately the winner of that primary passed on so the natural thing was who was the number two person. The deputy did not participate in the processes. The elections were not concluded which would have made the deputy the natural governor that would have been indisputable.
So, we had to make a decision that is informed by the best interpretations of the provisions of the constitution of this country and the electoral act. What we did we think is the best fit to answer to the constitution and the electoral act”.
Speaking on the inconclusiveness of the Bayelsa State governorship election, he said, “We are hanging somewhere in Bayelsa State.
“Bayelsa state we cannot but express our disappointment that things have gone the way they did, I’m happy that in spite of the notice, inspite of the fact the stand alone elections, the conditions for truly free and fair primaries could not be guaranteed.
“We are unhappy that the results from the most populous voting areas which is a strong hold of the APC had to be cancelled and rendered the elections inconclusive.
“All one can say at this stage, pronouncements have been made, as a party we will be patient; we will give the benefit of the doubt; and we will go on whenever the re-run for southern Ijaw is slated.
“We already have issues and we hope we do not have to press these issues either in a tribunal or in a court of law, but for now we would hold our peace and allow the processes to be concluded”.

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