Kogi polls: I won’t join issues with Faleke – Yahaya Bello

The Kogi State governor-elect, Yahaya Bello, said he would not join issues with James Faleke, the running-mate of late Abubakar Audu, over Kogi governorship election crisis.

Following the declaration of Mr. Bello as governor-elect on Sunday, Mr. Faleke said he would not take oath of office as deputy governor.

Mr. Bello’s reaction is contained in a statements issued on Tuesday in Abuja by his media assistant, Suleiman Abdulmalik.

The governor-elect said dialogue remained the best solution to party issues, saying he had absolute confidence in the leadership of the party to end the disagreement.

He described Mr. Faleke as a brother, saying the political crisis happening in the state is a family affair.

“I will continue to appeal to him and others to join hands with me in moving Kogi State forward.

“In politics we agree and disagree but dialogue remains the only solution to issues, but what happens in my state is an act of God,” he said.

Mr. Bello disclosed that the ongoing reconciliation in the state had settled the political dispute, saying most of late Audu’s supporters were now with him.

“Those who matter in Audu’s camp are already working for me even before the supplementary election, and that reconciliation efforts greatly helped in defeating the PDP,” he said

The statement also advised Mr. Faleke to accept the outcome of the election as the will of God.

“All hands must be on deck and we must rally round the governor-elect, Alhaji Yahaya Bello. No winner, no vanquished; we must continue as one united family that we are.

“Hon James Abiodun Faleke and other aggrieved party members should accept the new development as the wish of God. We plead with them to cooperate with Bello to develop the state in line with the vision of our late icon, Prince Abubakar Audu.

“The governor-elect is a humble man who will not discriminate against anyone within the party. All Kogites should pray for and work towards peace, stability and progress of the state.

“We are using this opportunity to emphasise the need for the people to support their leaders for the benefit of all,” he said.


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  • Rommel

    You deny someone justice and ask him to accept it because it is then will of God,when will people learn to stop using the name of God to defraud people?

    • Bissy

      Abi ooo, why im no accept the will of God when he lost out in the primaries

      • abdulwahab opiri

        Who’s defraud who is it INEC or APC or Mr. Faleke who does not participated in primary election?
        Where is the party supremacy here?
        I think is the right time to call the party Members and othe Leaders of the party to order please. No one is supposed to be bigger than the party decision.

      • ed

        That Fulani for you. One Nigeria as long as their in charge.

    • GbemigaO

      Thank you ! But politicians are fickle minded anyway. All his supporters will soon move to Bello since he can dispense favour through his position

      • Arabakpura

        Naturally the goat follows the man with the palm fronds! I don’t think it is even faleke’s destiny to be the deputy governor not to talk of being governor!

  • Kuku

    Mr Faleke shouldn’t take this too far. He wasn’t the party’s candidate and didn’t contest as gubernatorial candidate. Audu decided to pick him as running mate on his own prerogative and therefore he couldn’t have been picked as the candidate of the party. He should accept the deputy position otherwise he’ll lose it all. Or was he praying for Audu to die so he can be the governor before now? The party has taken a decision he should abide by it . And if he decides to go Saraki ‘ s or Dogara’s way he should be expelled for anti-party activities. It’s high time the party assert her supremacy and ensure discipline in party.

    • dudu

      I dont know why the Okun and the Igbirras from old Kwara fail to work together and form a power bloc as against the Igalas. If Faleke is so popular as he claimed, why did he not he run for governorship on his own? Nonsense.

      • ed

        Dudu and Kuku you both need your medication.
        You don’t know what you’re talking about.

  • emailofemi

    The same bello refused to work with Audu after losing out in the primary. See Nigeria politician.. deris God oooo

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