By Abdulrasheed Akogun
The Deputy Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November 2015 gubernatorial election in Kogi State, Hon James Faleke has described yesterday’s swearing-in of Alhaji Yahaya Bello as the state’s governor to a civilian coup-de-tat.
Bello was sworn-in yesterday in an elaborate ceremony in Lokoja without a deputy governorship candidate, attended by APC national party leaders including the national Chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun.
But Faleke who was speaking while appearing on a Channels television program ‘Politics Today’, monitored in Ilorin expressed optimism that the court of law will restore his “stolen” mandate.
The member representing Ikeja constituency at the Federal House of Representatives, however blasted the party’s National Chairman and the leadership of the APC describing the former’s actions as nothing but championing anti-people course.
He said “I was never called by the National Chairman to sit down one on one with Yahaya Bello, nobody reached out to me neither the State nor National executive of the party, they only called us on the 20th and they announced him shortly after that meeting.
“Oyegun has decided to champion an anti-people course and that is why we were not invited, My going to court to enforce my fundamental human right, talking about party supremacy, the party can only be supreme when whatever it does is just and fair.
“I was not part of the said election that allegedly produced Yahaya Bello, so I have no reason being at the inauguration, you cannot slap somebody and expect him to keep quiet, Bello’s Inauguration is a civilian coup-de-tat” he stressed.
On the allegation of anti-party leveled against him, he said “Nobody can prove that I have worked against the party, rather it is Yahaya Bello that was involved in anti-party, he took the party to court after the primaries and he lost his polling booth and local government to the PDP.
“We will not settle out of court, only if Yahaya Bello is ready to resign, and allow those that worked for the party’s victory to assume the seat. If the National Leadership of our party had wanted reconciliation, they would have called all parties together” he added.