The running mate to the late Prince Abubakar Audu in the November 21, 2015 governorship election in Kogi State, James Abiodun Faleke, has asked supporters of the State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, to stop using his name to score cheap political points.
A faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state had accused Faleke, who is currently the member representing Ikoyi federal constituency of Lagos State, of being the mastermind of the no-confidence vote passed on Governor Bello by the State Executive Council of the APC. Messrs Bello and Faleke are presently before the Kogi Election Petition Tribunal where they are both laying claim to being the authentic candidate of the APC.
Reacting to the allegation that he is behind the governor’s present political travails, Faleke wondered why his name should be bandied about in the problem they created. He cautioned the supporters not to overreach themselves in their search for the elusive “stomach infrastructure”.
Speaking through the Director of Media, Audu/Faleke Political Organisation, Mr. Duro Meseko, the lawmaker said: “For the umpteenth time, I’m constrained to respond to the hollow and ridiculous allegation by a negligible faction of ward and local government executives of the APC in Kogi State that James Faleke was behind the vote-of-no confidence passed in Alhaji Yahaya Bello by the state executive council (exco) of the party last week.
“Given the present hunger ravaging our dear state, one is not surprised to see the upsurge of state-sponsored groups falling over themselves to give fake and ludicrous endorsements to an inept and drowning administration that has thrown civility to the winds in all facets of governance.
“We reiterate once again that Faleke has no hand in the vote-of-no confidence passed in Yahaya Bello by more than 99 per cent of the exco. From what we know, the exco is peopled by patriotic men and women of integrity. Men who cannot be bought.
“Given the parlous situation in Kogi where nothing seems to be working, the exco members have proved beyond doubt that they mean well for the development of the state and will not sell their conscience. The position of the exco is receiving reviews and commendations across the nation’s political space.
“For the young men and women being lured with elements of ‘stomach infrastructure’ across the state to come to Lokoja and accuse Faleke of being behind Bello’s travails, we can only pity their ignorance, for had they known that it was their future that was being protected by men of goodwill across the state, they would have been more restrained and circumspect in allowing themselves to be misled”.