With just about three months to the governorship election in Kogi State, the incumbent Governor Yahaya Bello is being tackled by a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and a third term member of the Federal House of Representatives from Ikeja in Lagos, Hon. James Abiodun Faleke.
Abiodun Faleke, who revealed that he had been watching the development in his home state as an indigene of Kogi West, wrote that contenders for the 2019 Kogi Governorship race was on his mind.
The lawmaker expressed concern that it would be dangerous for the APC to field Yahaya Bello for a second term in office and urged the party to consider the feelings of the people of the state and provide another candidate for the election.
“I hope the party, APC will put it’s thinking cap on to put in a process that will allow the people make the choice of who will lead the state from the Party without compromising honour.
“As it is today, I plead with the Party Leaders to put the interest of the people in mind and end the suffering of a people,” he wrote in a recent post in one of his social media handle.
Faleke added in the article, which he personally endorsed, that since “the 2015 abrakadabra process that brought in the current Governor of the state, I strongly believe that the whole world and the party leadership are living witnesses to the worst administration of a government in Nigeria.
“I cannot understand the pride of GYB when with all the available resources at his disposal he CANNOT boast of any meaningful project he has done to alleviate the suffering of the people.”
The Reps member stressed that when opportunity was given to Governor Yahaya Bello “against the wishes of the people,” he was expected to use the tenure to surprise the people in performance and good governance, but that “yes the people were so surprised with his lack of knowledge, and interest of the people at heart.
“I was not surprised that he has failed and will fail again because when you look at his background, after graduation, he served at Revenue Mobilization and Fiscal Commission and rose to level 12, and suddenly became a ‘millionaire’.”
Faleke said further that the people should ask themselves how could a level 12 officer become a millionaire in less than 5 years of graduation if not involved in stealing of government funds.
According to him, Bello was only rewarded with “a victory he was never part of,” adding that how could he have taken the people into heart, and that he got a licence to steal and steal and steal.
“So, as the bad tenure moves to final burial, the APC must be watchful not to make the same mistake.
“When GYB knew that he will be asking for second term from the people, why did he not do what is right with the people? If by any default he gets the party ticket(God forbids), and wins election, then the state will finally go into comatose.
“To the party, I still don’t understand why and how they came to decide on Indirect Primaries despite all available evidences before them? With History of past events on elections and cancellation of elections at the disposal of the Party? We must learn from history.
“If the Party is concerned about the people and their well being, give them access to freely choose their governor, I’m sure the people of the state will take appropriate decision at the ballot, ” he said.
It will be recalled that Faleke was the running mate to the late former governor of Kogi State, Prince Audu Abubakar APC in the November 2015 governorship election in the state.
Abubakar had died shortly before announcement of the results of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which later declared the election inconclusive and later insisted that Yahaya Bello, who came second in the primaries of the APC, would be the candidate of the party In the election.
A rerun election was eventually organised in places where INEC said there was anomalies and Yahaya Bello was eventually declared winner of the election.
With this, Abiodun Faleke, who had shown interest in the office, took the matter to the court of law and pursued it to the Supreme Court, which gave the verdict to Bello.
It was believed in many quarters that Bello pitched his tent with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and worked against the APC in the governorship election after he lost the primaries to Audu Abubakar.
Edo: Daisy Damns PDP, Says No Apologies For Endorsing Obaseki
Senator Daisy Danjuma, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Board of Trustees (BOT), has dammed the party saying she owes no one apologies for her endorsement of the second term aspiration of Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State.
Senator Danjuma said her endorsement of Obaseki was “personal..
“I owe nobody apology for endorsing the second term aspiration of Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo,” Daisy, wife of former defence minister Theophilus Danjuma told newsmen in Benin.
Danjuma had, in Lagos on Sunday, endorsed Obaseki during a town hall meeting organised for Obaseki in Lagos.
The endorsement has drawn the ire of the state chapter of the party who felt that the former senator’s stance was not proper.
“I have the right to support whoever I choose to. I am a member of the PDP. I have never left the PDP or decamped to any party like others.
“It is my right to free comment and I have exercised that,” she said.
The Edo PDP, in a statement, disassociated itself from Danjuma’s decision to support Obaseki for second term, and asked her to resign her position.
lt said that the comments, discussions and purported endorsements credited to Danjuma were her private thoughts and do not reflect the thoughts of Edo PDP.
The Edo PDP said it was “abnormal and not politically savvy for party leaders to endorse aspirants of another party other than the candidate of their party”.
In a statement signed by the Publicity Secretary, Mr Chris Nehikhare, the PDP stated that being a member of the BOT conferred some rights and privileges that should not be abused.
The statement said that it was an abuse of such rights and privileges to openly and publicly endorse a candidate of another party.
According to Nehikhare, the statement of endorsement is a “morale-damper” to the hard working, committed and loyal men, women and youths of Edo PDP.
“At the appropriate time and in accordance with our party’s constitution, a credible PDP candidate will be nominated to contest the Edo 2020 governorship election to liberate the state from political arrogance, poverty, insecurity and unemployment.
“To all Edo people, members and supporters of PDP, you will have a choice to make between the umbrella of comfort and the broom of hardship.
“A PDP government will liberate our state from the APC government that is insensitive to the plight of our people,” he said.
Supreme Courts Verdicts: PDP Kano, Tells Ganduje to Awaits Real Judgment In the hereafter.
Adamu Aminu, Kano.
The faction of the Kwankwasiyya members in Kano have expressed dissatisfaction over the Supreme Court’s verdict on Monday, reaffirming Governor Ganduje as the winner in the 2019 governorship elections.
In a statement signed by the Spokesperson to Abba K. Yusuf, the 2019 PDP Gubernatorial Candidate, Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa described the state of democracy in Nigeria as unfortunate.
“Today’s judgement on the Kano governorship tussle further confirms the connivance of the allied forces of election robbery who are oppressors of the Nigerian democracy.” He said.
According to Dawakin Tofa, the Kwankwasiyya officials had earlier forwarded enough evidences before the Apex Court with full confidence that justice would be served.
“Considering the overwhelming evidences presented by the eminent team of experienced lawyers, one cannot imagine how these agents of tyranny and undemocratic principles joined hands to rob the good people of Kano their mandate.” He added.
“However, we have seen the worst of what they can do, so they should await the judgment of the Almighty Allah, which they cannot avoid.”
Recall that Justice Sylvester Ngwuta of the Supreme Court had on Monday affirmed the victory of Abdullahi Ganduje as the Governor of Kano state and dismissed the petitions forwarded to it by PDP.
FWM, recalled that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abba Kabir Yusuf had filed an appeal at the apex court to dispute the March 24 supplementary election held in some electoral wards in Kano State.
Court strikes out Natasha Akpoti’s suit against Bello
The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday, dismissed a suit filed by Natasha Akpoti, Social Democratic Party (SDP)’s candidate in the Nov. 16 governorship election in Kogi, against the Governor, Yahaya Bello, for lacking in locus standi.
Justice Inyang Ekwo, who delivered the judgement, held that the alleged offence was criminal and not a civil case which could be instituted by an individual.
The judge, therefore, declared that the plaintiff had no legal right to institute the case.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Justice Ekwo had, on Dec. 6, 2019, fixed Jan. 20 to deliver a judgment in the suit seeking Gov. Bello’s disqualification over alleged double registration as a voter.
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