Saturday, 12 December 2015

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 Audu.
“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 primaries.
“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 state”.
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

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