Following the prerogatives vested on him as the supreme ruler of Kogi state to approve and veto, Governor Yahaya Bello has appointed Hon. Simon Achuba as his deputy and sent his name to the state assembly for confirmation.
Governor Bello, in a letter to the House of Assembly, requested the lawmakers to confirm Achuba as his deputy based on the refusal of Hon. James Faleke, the running mate to the late Prince Abubakar Audu, to accept the office.
Conflicting with the notion that Governor Bello, since his inauguration, has been shopping for his deputy, a reliable source from Lugard House Lokoja, said the governor has since appointed Achuba as a trusted and competent politician who can work with him and run the office of deputy governor effectively.
The letter of appointment of Hon. Achuba signed by the governor and forwarded to the state assembly reads in part:
“In line with the provision of section 186 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999) as amended, I have the pleasure to forward herewith the name of Hon. Simon Achuba for approval of appointment as the deputy governor of Kogi State.
“Hon. Achuba (JP) hails from Ibaji Local government of Kogi State and was a two-time honourable member of the House (1999- 2007) wherein he was deputy speaker of the House during his second tenure (2003-2007).
“In view of the above, it will be highly appreciated if the request is treated and approved with utmost speed to pave way for his assumption of office”.
It was gathered that the state assembly on the reception of the letter, fixed February 9, 2016 for the confirmation as deputy governor of the name forwarded to it.