SSS detains Faleke, Abubakar Audu’s son — Aide

James Falake with Late Abubalar Audu
James Falake with Late Abubalar Audu

The Deputy Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the November 21, 2015 Governorship election in Kogi State, James Faleke, and Mohammed, the eldest son of Abubakar Audu, the late APC governorship candidate, Abubakar Audu, were on Saturday invited by the State Security Services for undisclosed reason, and then detained.

The Director, Media and Publicity of Audu/Faleke Campaign Organisation, Duro Meseko, said in a statement on Saturday that the duo arrived the SSS headquarters in Abuja at exactly 10.00am and were kept in an office with assurances that an officer would attend to them only to keep them indefinitely.

Mr. Meseko said the two politicians were kept in an isolated office till 4p.m on Saturday evening.

He said, “I’m surprised my Principal and the eldest son of our political leader, Mohammed are still being kept as I speak with you which is 4pm. What could be responsible for this ill treatment by the SSS?

“Or could they be acting the intimidation script? Trying to arms-twist them into abandoning the sacred mandate freely given to the Audu/Faleke team by the generality of Kogi people?

“Let me make it abundantly clear that our mandate is sacred and no amount of of technical detention, intimidation and harassment would shake our resolve to get justice through the judiciary.‎

“I refuse to believe that the presidency has hands in the arrest! But we may not rule out the fact that the power that be must have wielded their influence in the arrest, but we are not not pertubed over the development, because we believe that God ultimately vindicate us.”

The SSS has had no official spokesperson since Marilyn Ogar was removed, and could therefore not be reached for comments.

Mr. Faleke was running mate to the late Mr. Audu in the November 21, 2015 gubernatorial election, that was declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

He is insisting that the election had been won and lost before Mr. Audu died and that INEC was wrong in failing to declare him governor-elect.

He said he would not present himself for swearing-in with Yahaya Bello, the governorship candidate who was drafted in after the death of Audu.

Mr. Faleke is billed to be sworn in on January 27, 2016, alongside Mr. Bello.

He said his stance was in furtherance of his earlier letter to the national leadership of the party not to work with Mr. Bello, the governor-elect.

Mr. Faleke, has now approached the state governorship election petition tribunal to seeking to be declared the authentic elected governor of the state.


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  • Paul Young

    The problem with James Faleke is greed. I dont know who is giving him legal advice but surely no sane judge can rule him as the rightful governor. APC was leading by 41k votes whilst voting was cancelled in several polling units who had a total of 49k REGISTERED voters. Now while we all know that not up to half of those people will vote anyway the electoral law doesnt permit INEC to declare the APC winner when there is a mathematical possibility all 49k people might come out to vote for PDP. Faleke has no case. I dont even know what the problem is. He was going to be a deputy governor anyway, why is it such a big deal now?

    • OAA

      Only about half of the 49k collected their pvc

      • Paul Young

        Couldn’t the remaining people have collected before the supplementary election? Correct me if I am wrong. The election wasn’t declared inconclusive to spite faleke, it was done when Audu was still presumed alive

    • Ade Omowest

      Faleke’s issue should be left in the hands of the court of competent jurisdiction. It is not the duty of a layman like you to tell us that he (Faleke) has no case. Paul, I want you to find out and tell us, how many among the so called 49K registered voters are in possession of PVC (Permanent Voter Card).

      • Paul Young

        That doesn’t matter. The remaining people could have collected their PVC before the supplementary election

        • Ade Omowest

          That amounts to shifting the goal posts at the middle of the game. Now, another assignment for you. Tell us the number of voters that actually participated in the supplementary election. Are they up to 30,000?

    • Eniriches

      Your problem is incomplete education.

      • Paul Young

        mumu go to school

  • ceweeco projects

    We don entry one-chance in dis country!!!

    • Chuks

      Yes because Dumbo wasted your many chances. Let’s try one chance.

  • Alpha

    There were speculations earlier of high wire conspiracy in high places to deny Faleke the governorship by declaring an apparently concluded election “inconclusive”, which is becoming very obvious as events unfold further.

    It is becoming obvious that the APC house is becoming divided against itself, or what is the need of rubbing salt to Faleke’s injury?

    • FirecloudOFGOD

      I agree, it stinks. APC is only 9 months in government and they are acting so recklessly in imposing a candidate that NEVER ran a campaign, never participated or started an election, a candidate that only qualified because he is a Muslim, replacing another bekated Muslim candidate; pure, plain and simple. There is no merit to APC’s argument. This is a test case! It may well be a pointer that will indicate what to expect from this party with regards to impunity in government. I feel the pain of honest and hardworking as well as patriotic Nigerians with any iota of equity in their veins seeing this injustice unfolding right before our eyes! Complete Nonsense!

  • God send Ache angel anti-corruption prince of Nigeria!
    Go PMB!

  • peri koma

    You must be sworn in as deputy Governor or you go to sanko… heheheheheheh

  • ed

    The naked display of recklessness and abuse of federal government law enforcement agencies, by Buhari is highly addictive and troubling. Employment of intimidation of against Faleke a Yoruba southerners who want to protect their constitutional rights against Buhari imposed Bello can’t wait for the law court to divide?
    Faleke is now subjected to jail term?.
    Why is Fulani Bello not in detention. Buhari is going way too far with the illegal use of SSS DSS and EFCC. One thing to fight corruption. But Faleke detention while waiting and looking for any crime to lay on him is shameful.
    President Buhari should simply suspend the constitution.
    He’s ruling indirectly by degree.

    • Arabakpura

      Are these not PDP members? Why are they treating them like this while they leave APC members alone!

    • FirecloudOFGOD

      This is called injustice and impunity a new logo for APC!

  • FirecloudOFGOD

    Faleke rightfully has the first offer of Governorship slot over and above this BELLO character. APC is going the way of PDP. Look at it this way: did Bello actively campaign for the late Audu? Was he not sullen and sulking over his defeat in the primaries. Not that I care a hoot about Audu and his principles, however, you cannot give out the crown to someone who never began a race to someone like BELLO, but picked up the crown after the race was practically won by the Faleke team.

    APC, DSS, I can assure you that it is extremely galling that you are playing the religious card here. It is wrong, it’s immoral and it is an unbecoming precedent that will eventually backfire on explode muck on your faces! Nigerians are closely watching and it ain’t funny!

  • kayode Olufade

    If truly they are being detained without any concrete reason besides Faleke’s refusal to be sworn in then the SSS are overstepping their boundries and show they they are indeed apolitical. This is abuse of office and detrimental to democracy. The SSS will need to let us know the reason for their detention or let they go free with an unreserved apology also the head of SSS should resign