Following the confusion caused to the All Progressive Congress (APC) by the death of governor-elect; Abubakar Audu, his Gubernatorial running mate James Abiodun Faleke reported for duty in Abuja, on Tuesday.
Cheerfully, Faleke took up his legislative obligation in the 8th house of representatives. The law-maker actively chairs the house on customs and excise tax.
Faleke rejected the re-nomination of APC as a Deputy Governor to the newly elected Governor, Bello Yahaya. It was also reported that Faleke has filed a case before the federal high court, requesting the judiciary declare him the governor-elect, and not Bello as nominated by his party, the people, and under the constitution that guilds electoral process in Kogi State and the country of Nigeria at large.
However, Bello said that he is not going to see Faleke as an opposition in the ongoing election crisis in the state.
According to the statement made by the newly elected governor shortly after his declaration, he said “I will always appeal to him and others in the state to join hands with me in moving the state forward, instead stressing on political disagreement which can be perfectly controlled by adequate dialogue as a family affair. Faleke is a brother to me so we cannot have a long-lasting misunderstanding as people believe”.
The governor also expressed his confidence on the party leaders’ ability to curb the situation and harmonized the relationship between him and Faleke, as well as the family of the late Governor Abubakar Audu.