The Deputy Governor-Elect of Kogi State, Hon. Abiodun Faleke has been urged to respect the verdict of the Kogi people by sheathing his sword on the governorship election in the state.
Kogi Alliance of Democrats, a political group in the state made the
charge in a communique issued in Lokoja Saturday morning after their
3-day retreat in the state capital. The group said the Kogi election was
in conformity with the constitution of the country.
According to the communique, it is imperative to avoid plunging the country into further constitutional crisis.
It reads: “The governorship election has come and gone but the scars
of the past few weeks remain indelible on the political body of the
state. We are yet to move away from the constitutional camera because of
the unusual occurrence about the death of the late Prince Abubakar
“To us, INEC complied substantially with the provisions of the
constitution in conducting the election and in replacing the late
governorship candidate with the person who came second during the
“In as much we wouldn’t want to be seen as prejudicing the cases in
court on the election, the mere fact that Faleke didn’t participate in
the primaries disqualified him from emerging as the candidate of the
party for the supplementary poll.
“Since Faleke remains the Deputy Governor-Elect, he should accept the
position and move on to avoid creating more constitutional crisis for
the state, moreover he didn’t indicate interest to become governor in
the first place.
“We urge all interested parties to work harmoniously together and
discontinue their court cases in order to ensure their is smooth
transition in Kogi State.
“As a group, we have decided to work with the Governor-Elect because
we believe in his manifesto to chart a new new direction for our dear
KAD also called on the State House of Assembly to discharge their
responsibilities within the ambit of law, saying they should allow the
interest of the state override their personal ambitions. It said the
Assembly must come out to defend its name and integrity in the face of
disparaging accusations of inducement from certain quarters