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APC Moves To Replace Kogi Deputy Governor-elect, James Faleke

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Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, John Odigie-Oyegun, says the deputy governorship candidate of Prince Audu Abubakar will be replaced as deputy governor-elect should the need arise.? Odigie-Oyegun said this while speaking to newsmen in Abuja, today December 9th.

Faleke, who was the running mate to late Abubakar Audu in the November 21 gubernatorial elections in Kogi State, rejected the same position after the party replaced Audu with Alhaji Yayaha Bello, who was runner-up in the party’s primaries.

“On the Faleke issue, it is rather a straightforward and easy issue; we have replaced a governorship candidate. If the need arises and subject to what the law says, we will also get a deputy governorship candidate, but we will cross those bridges as they arise but they have not arisen yet.”he said.

Reacting to a statement credited to Faleke that he will not be available for swearing-in on January 27, Odigie-Oyegun said.

“As a political party, we simply understand the frustration that emanated from the death of Abubakar Audu. However, it is normal for us to accommodate the immediate reactions coming from the people involved.

“They were at the gate of victory but the gate was shut in their faces because of the unfortunate death of their mentor, Abubakar Audu, who would have been our governor in the state. So, a lot of things which normally we would not have accepted happened but we have to accept them so long that everybody will simmer down as time pass by. Wielding the big stick in a situation like this might not be appropriate, but there will be a timeline to it, enough will be enough at a certain time.”he said.

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