The deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the Kogi state election, Mr. James Faleke has on Wednesday, January 27, revealed that he was not invited to the swearing-in of Mr Yahaya Bello as governor.
Speaking in an interview with Channels TV, Mr. Faleke, who was the running mate to Abubakar Audu, the late APC Kogi governorship candidate, averred that he would not accept the position of deputy governor of the state, describing what happened in the Kogi state chapter of the APC as a coup d’etat.
He added that contrary to reports that the party was making efforts to reconcile aggrieved parties in the election, nobody had reached out to him.
Faleke said: “I am speaking before Nigerians and I am making it very clear that nobody reached out to me. Nobody from our party’s national secretariat or the state secretariat of our party ever reached out to me on this issue.
“The only time they every reached out to me was on November 30… when the chairman of our party announced the decision of the National Working Committee to all of us to say the NWC had adopted Alhaji Yahaya Bello as the governorship candidate for the December 5 suplementary election.
“Thereafter, there was no consultation until today. I want to make it clear that the party chairman, Chief John Oyegun, that we saw as a father has decided to champion a cause that is anti-people. That is why we were not invited (for the inauguration).”
“For me I see what has happened in the party as a civilian coup d’état. It is a civilian coup d’état because if such a situation happens in the military, those behind it will face the firing squad,” he said, adding that the best way forward was to head to the court.
“It was Alhaji Yahaya Bello that worked against the party. He took the party to court before the election, took our late leader, Audu to court before the election and he lost his polling unit to PDP, lost his ward to PDP and lost his local government area to PDP.
“And I made it clear that day (during the meeting) that if 50 per cent of us seated in that hall had lost our polling units, lost our wards and our local governments, there would have been nothing for us to celebrate.”