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Hon. James Abiodun Faleke and Mr. Mohammed Audu (son of the late Abubakar Audu) were picked up by officials of the Department of State Services (DSS).
The two men have vehemently opposed the decision of their party, All Progressives Congress (APC), to field another candidate, Yahaya Bello, for the Kogi Gubernatorial Polls instead of Faleke who was the running mate to the late Abubakar Audu in the inconclusive November 21 polls.
A informed source told Vanguard that the Member of the House of Representatives arrived at the Headquarters of the security organization at about 10.00am this morning and has not been released as at the time of filing this report.
The inauguration of Bello as new Kogi governor is expected to take place later this month, but Faleke has already gone to the election petitions tribunal to challenge it.
The Director of Media and Publicity of Audu/Faleke Campaign Organization, Hon. Duro Meseko confirmed the invitation of the two men, saying that the campaign organization was yet to come to terms with the invitation at what he called, “a critical period in the struggle for the Lugard House through constitutional means”.
He said Hon. Faleke is a staunch believer in the rule of law and has decided to pursue his case through legal means. He expressed confidence in the non-partisanship of the DSS.
When contacted, the image-maker of the DSS refused to answer several calls made to confirm the rationale behind the arrest. But a source within the organization confirmed the invitation.
He said the invitation was unconnected with the upcoming governorship inauguration in the state and the need to ensure peace and order before, during and after the inauguration.