The Kogi Equity Front (A Kogi-based political interest group) has said they would protest any attempt by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to foist a governorship candidate on the people of Kogi.
The group in statement signed by its Director- General, Pastor Stanley Ajileye, gave conditions to INEC and the party, saying it was opposed to supplementary election or any move to hold another primary election, demanding that INEC should declare APC as winner as well as James Faleke as governor elect.
“Kogi Equity Front (KEF) may not be able to guarantee peace in the state, if INEC decides to go ahead with supplementary Election. We also call on all Kogite to resist with every constitutional means, attempts by INEC to shortchange or manipulate us through its unconstitutional supplementary election the plan to slate December 5,” the statement read.
The group said the declaration of James Abiodun Faleke as the eligible heir of the victory he jointly earned with late Prince Audu was in line with the provision of section 181(1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
That the Supreme Court held, in effect, that “if a person duly elected as governor dies before taking and subscribing the oath of allegiance and oath of office, or is unable for any reason whatsoever to be sworn in, the person elected with him as deputy governor shall be sworn in as governor and he shall nominate a new deputy governor who shall be appointed by the governor with the approval of a simple majority of the House of Assembly of the state.
“The sudden death of our energetic prince, our agent of development and the architect of Kogi Transformation, Abubakar Audu, is unfortunate. Audu died at a time we needed him most. May heaven console his family, especially, his wives, children and the good people of Igala land of Kogi State”.
“We wish to also use this medium to console our brother and uncle, Faleke, who has become so knitted with Audu in the past months, sharing views and drawing new templates on how to move the state out of woods. I pray for him, fortitude to bear the reality of Audu’s sudden departure and extra grace to carry on with the pending responsibilities”.
“We an confirm today that the problems we are confronted with now is not unconnected with moves by few elements within the fold of national executives of APC in Abuja to attempt the stopping of the hand of God over this state. Some of them are already working in tandem with INEC to frustrate power shift in Kogi.
“Many of them are already making desperate moves at blackmailing Senator Ahmed Tinubu, that he is plotting a graph for power shift in Kogi State,” they said.
Omolara Adegoke- Abuja
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