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Faleke: APC Might Seek Replacement – Oyegun

Posted: Dec 9, 2015 at 8:23 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
Rotimi Akinwumi




National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has clarified the reasons why the party settled for Yahaya Bello as the replacement for late Abubakar Audu as the party’s candidate at the just concluded Kogi governorship election, instead of Hon Abiodun Faleke who was the deputy governorship candidate.
The party boss, in a chat with newsmen at the party’s secretariat on Wednesday, said that the choice of Yahaya was more explainable in law than Faleke.
He also warned Faleke that the patience of the party might run out soon over his hard stance on the issue of his insistence on being the party’s candidate for the election, and might be inclined to implement the party’s rule on indiscipline.
Oyegun also said that should Faleke carry through his threat not to make himself available for swearing-in next year as the deputy governor , the party will have no other option but to find a replacement for him.
The death of Audu has seen Faleke battle the party over the choice of Yahaya, saying he should be the replacement candidate for the party.
Faleke has insisted that he won’t make himself available to be sworn in January as deputy governor of the state, insisting that he remains the party’s governorship candidate following the death of Audu.
Oyegun in explaining why the party opted for Yahaya, said that the party took the option of fielding Yahaya as the replacement for Audu, because it was the best thing to do under the circumstance, given the closest reasonable decision in accordance with the laws governing elections in the country.
“The situation that even INEC and the whole nation were confronted with was not known to the law. The laws that exists says you must have participated in the processes and the only we could select somebody who had participated was to go back to the primary.
“Most unfortunately the winner of that primary passed on so the natural thing was who was the number two person. The deputy did not participate in the processes. The elections were not concluded which would have made the deputy the natural successor,  that would have been indisputable.
“So we had to make a decision that is informed by the best interpretations of the provisions of the constitution of this country and the electoral act. What we did, we think,  is the best fit to answer to the constitution and the electoral act” he said.
Sounding a note of warning to Faleke that the patience of the party might run out on him, Oyegun said “we are ready to bend with the expectation that everyone will simmer down over time because life has to continue, so bringing out the big stick in a situation like that is usually difficult but there will be a timeline to it.
“The crying, grieving, and disappointment should be over should be over because life has to continue” he said.
The party he said, will look for a replacement deputy governor in event Faleke refuse to take the seat as offered to him through his nomination as the running mate to Yahaya.
“On the Faleke issue, it is rather a straightforward and easy issue. We have replaced a governorship candidate. If the need arises and subject to what the law says, we will also get a deputy governorship candidate but we will cross those bridges as they arise, but they have not arisen yet” he said.