Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State would get a deputy immediately after consultations with lawyers and leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mr Kingsley Fanwo, has said.
Fanwo, who stated this yesterday on a live radio programme on Ray Power Radio, said: “The governor will listen to the lawyers and the party. In due course, a deputy governor will emerge”.
The CPS made this known in response to a question of what his principal would do, since Hon. James Faleke, the preferred deputy governor, has refused to accept the position.
He also dismissed the allegation made by the media director of the Audu/Faleke Campaign Organization, Mr Duro Meseko, that the choice of Bello as a governorship candidate was wrong because he worked against the party after he lost at the gubernatorial primary election.
Fanwo insisted that Bello was instrumental to the success of the APC in Kogi State during the 2015 general elections and advised Faleke’s aide to be factual in his arguments.
According to him, Faleke did not work for the party during the 2015 general elections as he was then busy with his campaigns in Lagos State for the House of Representatives elections.
Also speaking during the same programme, Mr. Meseko insisted that the election of November 21, 2015, in which Faleke ran as running mate to the late Prince Abubakar Audu was already won and lost.
Meseko wondered why the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, handled the Kogi scenario differently when the winner of the governorship election in Bayelsa State was announced, despite the fact that the number of cancelled votes was higher than the margin between the leading candidate and the runner-up.