The Senator representing Kogi Central, Senator Mohammed Ohiare and some leaders of the All Progressives Congress have kicked against the choice of James Falake as running mate to the party’s candidate, Prince Audu Abubakar.
They also warned former governor of Lagos state and national leader of All Progressives Congress APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to stop meddling in the politics of the state.
Briefing newsmen yesterday, a chieftain of the party Chief Olu David Akinola who spoke on behalf of Senator Ohiare said other aspirants where bitter over the choice of Hon James Abiodun Faleke who is a member House of Representatives, representing Lagos.
According to him, Tinubu should not meddle into the affairs of Kogi politics, threatening to work against the party if Hon Faleke is not replaced with one of the aspirants who contested the party’s primary.
Akinola also chided the party’s candidate, Prince Abubakar Audu for acceding to the choice of Tinubu who is resident in Lagos and has lost touch with his people at home.
“We expect Audu to pick his running mate from among the aspirants that lost out to him, especially from the central senatorial zone and not from the west but to our surprise, Tinubu gave him someone and he accepted him.
“Tinubu should stay out of Kogi politics; we shall resist Faleke as deputy governor. We advice Audu to change him immediately or we will work against him in the general election”.
However one among the APC aspirants, Alh Yahaya Bello has defected to Social Democratic Party SDP. Bello is expected to fly the party’s ticket in the governorship election.
Reacting to this developments, Audu’s media aide, Suleiman Abdulmalik said the accusations by Sen. Ohiare and his group are baseless and lacked substance, saying politicians like Senator Ohiare has outlive their usefulness in the state politics.
He said majority of the defeated aspirants are working tireless for the success of the party but some of them were blinded by their naked ambition, “so they should leave Audu out of their political predicament.”
Abdulmalik stated that politics is all about dialogue and consultation and that, Prince Audu’s door is wide open to all stakeholders in the state in the interest of the party.
On the defection of Bello, Abdulmalik said it won’t affect the chances of the party, saying he is free to seek alternative platform elsewhere.
“Politics is all about grass root and that is where Prince Audu’S strength lies, Bello is just a rabble rouser seeking for attention, Audu defeated him in primary and he will still defeat him again at the general election” he said.
Source: Peoples Daily