The All Progressives Congress (APC) has declared that James Faleke, the deputy governorship candidate of Prince Audu Abubakar will be replaced should the need arise.
The National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, made this disclosure known in Abuja on Wednesday, December 9, during an interactive session with newsmen.
Oyegun said: “On the Faleke issue, it is rather a straightforward and easy issue; we have replaced a governorship candidate. If the need arises and subject to what the law says, we will also get a deputy governorship candidate, but we will cross those bridges as they arise but they have not arisen yet”.
“As a political party, we simply understand the frustration that emanated from the death of the late Prince Abubakar Audu, however, it is normal for us to accommodate the immediate reactions coming from the people involved.
“They were at the gate of victory but was shut at their faces because of the unfortunate death of their mentor (Abubakar Audu) who would have been our governor in the state.
“So, a lot of things which normally we would not have accepted happened but we have to accept them. Wielding the big stick in a situation like this might not be appropriate but there will be a timeline to it, enough will be enough at a certain time.”
It would be recalled, Faleke, who was running mate to late Abubakar Audu in the Nov. 21 gubernatorial elections in Kogi, rejected the same position after the party replaced Audu with Alhaji Yayaha Bello, who was runner-up in the party’s primaries.
He clamoured that INEC should declare him governor-elect, and chose Audu’s son, Mohammed, as his running mate.
Oyegun continued: “In the next few weeks depending on who goes to court or who doesn’t, we will know the boundaries of the law in respect of these issues.
“As at now we are very glad with the results that we have got and I’m very sure that they would be upheld virtually in every tribunal whatsoever, because we have adopted simple commonsense solution, legally defendable.’’
‘’We cross every bridge as we get to it; we’ll wait and see who does what and work out answers that meet each situation
“We have thought the process through and we have won the election in Kogi; those we feel aggrieved, it is for them to call to question whatever they feel aggrieved about and we are going to meet them on those grounds.
“For us in APC, Kogi is a settled issue; if you want to go to the tribunal, we’ll meet you there. If you want to go to court, we’ll meet you there,’’ he said.