The All Progressives Congress (APC) has nominated Mr. Yahaya Bello as the party’s candidate for the Kogi State governorship, as he (Bello) has been given the nomination form to fill.
It was learnt that after Mr Bello had filled the form, which was signed by a Commissioner of Oath and attached to the letter of nomination, it was returned to the APC National Secretariat, as the National Chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun delivered it to INEC on Friday, November 27, 2015.
The development may have foreclosed the consideration of any other candidate as the party’s standard bearer.
The party retained Hon. James Abiodun Faleke as running mate – a position Faleke rejected, insisting on the mandate the people gave the late Abubakar Audu/Faleke ticket.
A bigwig of the APC said; “We are in receipt of many petitions but it is already late for anybody because we have nominated Yahaya Bello as the party’s substitute for Prince Abubakar Audu.
“Of course, we have automatically retained Hon. James Abiodun Faleke as our deputy governorship candidate.
“As a matter of fact, we gave the nomination form to Bello to fill on Friday and we have duly submitted all relevant documents to INEC.
“You can direct further enquiries to INEC and Bello, who is now our candidate.”
It was gathered that APC rushed to give the form to Bello, despite the fact that it has up till December 1, to pre-empt legal action especially court injunction.
Meanwhile, Mohammed, the eldest son of the late Prince Abubakar Audu who died during the Kogi State governorship election, said on Sunday, November 29, that the APC had not informed him of the party’s replacement for his dad.
Any attempt to replace him while the mourning period “is ongoing is a backyard move”, he said.
He spoke at a news conference, which was attended by the late Audu’s running mate Hon. Faleke, in Audu’s hometown, Ogonicha, in Ofu local government area of the state.
Mohammed, who spoke no further on the issue because the occasion was the Eighth day prayer for the repose of the soul of his father, promised to speak further at a later date.
Faleke also declined to comment on Audu’s replacement. He promised to address a news conference today.