Kogi APC crisis: SSS releases Faleke, Audu

James Falake with Late Abubalar Audu

The State Security Service, SSS, has released James Faleke, the Kogi State Deputy Governor-elect.

Duro Meseko, the Director of Media and Publicity of Audu/Faleke Campaign Organisation, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday evening that Mr. Faleke and Mohammed Audu were released at about 5 p.m.

He said the duo reported to the headquarters of the SSS in Abuja on invitation at about 10 a.m. only to be taken into custody without any cogent reason till 5 p.m. when they were released.

Mr. Meseko urged members of All Progressives Congress, APC, and supporters of the politicians to remain calm and not resort to any action that could jeopardise the existing peace in the state.

He also assured that Mr. Faleke would continue to abide by the rule of law to reclaim the mandate freely given him and the late Abubakar Audu on November 21, 2015.

The SSS, also known as DSS, has not stated any reason for the arrest of Messrs. Faleke and Audu.

Mr. Faleke has rejected the position of Deputy Governor-elect saying he should be sworn-in as governor after the death of his former boss and governorship candidate, Abubakar Audu.

The older Mr. Audu, father of Mohammed Audu, died after over 95 per cent of results announced in the Kogi election showed he had an unassailable lead.

Rather than make Mr. Faleke assume the title of governor-elect, the APC chose Yahaya Bello as its news candidate and asked Mr. Faleke to remain deputy, a position he refuses.

Mr. Faleke has since approached the election tribunal asking to be declared governor. He has also said he will not attend the swearing-in ceremony of January 27.



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  • Dazmillion

    Mr Faleke has shown that he deserves some respect for his principled stand of rejecting the deputy governor position when APC decided to turn logic on its head. I hope the DSS is not trying to subtly intimidate them.

  • mdsurgeon

    I wonder why they keep calling it an arrest? Perhaps to further inflame their gullible supporters?
    Were any charges ever read to them? Were they ever placed in cuffs? And did they secure bail to be released? When are they due to report back or to report in court? And for how long were they held? 10am to 5pm the same day would amount to an arrest and detention?? This is nothing but gullibility and an attempt to intimidate and blacklist the security agencies.
    Faleke and Bello were not arrested but invited for a chat so as to forestall breakdown of law and order.

  • Darlynstar

    The Nazi in aso rock wants to force James Faleke, to give up his mandate….he and his family must have been threatened in order to put fear in him

    • John

      Faleke never get any mandate. he never contested as governorship candidate. Even, going by the gubernatorial primary election of his party, he wouldn’t have become governor. He chose to be deputy and his party still reserved that post for him until he embarked on selfish mission.

      • Darlynstar

        Faleke and late Audu had a joint ticket on which they gathered over 98% of the votes needed then the new guy was brought in after Audu died of which he got only 12000 votes…the election was already won and lost before Audu died…so Faleke had the mandate to step in…
        I can remember clearly that APC submitted Faleke name as deputy to the new guy, an action which Faleke rejected, he even wrote a letter to that effect to inec and APC stating clearly that he will not be a party to it considering that he already won the election with late Audu…that means that the new guy contested the last leg without a deputy governor candidate on its ticket …this is against the constitution of the land

  • Otile

    If his name was Jamai Bala Faleke Imam Buhari would leave him alone. Islamization is alive and well in Nigeria.