A member of the House of Representatives and former deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC , in Kogi State, James Faleke, has reportedly survived an assassination plot along Lokoja-Abuja highway.
Mr. Faleke was the running mate of the late Abubakar Audu. Both men were coasting to victory in the governorship election held last year before Mr. Audu suddenly died.
Mr. Faleke was allegedly attacked on November 6 by some unknown gunmen under the overhead bridge at the entrance to Gwagwalada near Abuja around 7 p.m.
His political associates say his SUV was shot at severally at point blank range shattering the windscreen of the vehicle but could not penetrate deeper due to the bulletproof status of the vehicle.
In a statement, Friday, by the Director, Media and Publicity of the Audu/Faleke Political Organisation, Duro Meseko, the group expressed shock at the development which they described as wicked and senseless.
Mr. Faleke had turned down the decision of his party to be the running mate of its nominated candidate and current governor, Yahaya Bello.
Instead, he approached the judiciary seeking to be named governor. He was however, floored in all the courts including the election tribunal by Mr. Bello.
“The news of the assassination attempt on our leader, Hon James Faleke came to us as a big shock. How could any sane mind contemplate such evil on an innocent soul who though shamelessly robbed of his governorship mandate has remained humble, calm, peaceful, and law abiding,” the group said.
It also said even Mr. Faleke’s supporters maintained the peace since the Supreme Court judgement.
“What else could those wicked masterminds want?” the group asked.
It, however, said the attempt on the life of Mr. Faleke, who also represents Ikeja constituency in the House of Representatives, may be due to “the mammoth and unprecedented crowd that welcomed Hon Faleke home recently.
“His political foes had resorted to this dastardly plan to assassinate him. We thank the almighty God for sparing his life”, the statement said.
The group wondered why “some desperate and wicked people would want to cause more pain and misery to an already pained citizenry who aside having lost the creme of its political class to both natural and unnatural causes like Barrister James Ocholi, Prince Abubakar Audu, Senator Ohize and even Senator Ohiare who narrowly escaped death recently, are also undergoing the most unprecedented socio-economic crisis ever.”
The statement called on the security agencies to ensure that they are on top of their duties to protect lives and property of the people.
It also called on the Inspector General of Police and the other relevant security agencies to as a matter of urgency begin investigations into the assassination attempt.