APC Rejects Faleke As Replacement For Ocholi

By Ikenga Chronicles January 3, 2017

The Kogi State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress(APC) has vehemently rejected the attempted nomination  of James Faleke as Minister as a replacement for Late James Ocholi who died in a ghastly motor accident along Abuja/Kaduna Express way.

Faleke, a serving member of the House Of Representatives, representing Lagos State who lost the governorship power in the state is widely believe to be the political son of the National Leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu.

The total rejection of Faleke was contained in a statement on Monday night jointly signed and issued by the leaders of the party from Kogi West, Suleiman Ejibunu and Chief Richard Asaje.

According to the statement, on Tuesday, Monday, January 2, the case in question was the case of the state ministerial slot as it was claimed in some quarters that Faleke, who lost power in the state will fill the vacant position of state ministerial slot.

“If at all Faleke and his godfather, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, deserve any post, it is not the ministerial slot of Kogi State in order to avoid serious crisis in the state APC as such move may lead to exit of prominent, loyal and committed members of the party while also aggravating the fractionalisation of the party along many divides.”

“We are also unequivocally resolute to stop Tinubu’s expansion into the state or any state in the North-central; we are determined to push out all his consults from the state in 2018/2019. It is a task that must be done through all legal/political means. They have failed and they will continue to fail” the statement noted.

The leaders noted that Faleke, representing Lagos State in the National Assembly was known to Kogi State APC only during the governorship struggle when “Tinubu imposed him on the state APC as the deputy governorship candidate to late Prince Abubakar Audu.”

“This generated a lot of discomfort to the founding member of APC who built the party and fought the then sitting government in all national election and won.”

“Faleke took the party to court up to Supreme Court and lost while some leaders have remained from begging to support and build APC in the state. If those leaders’ efforts are left to this ugly power play with humiliation of this nature, what type of party and country are we building?” APC asked.

APC added that party reconciliation was proposed as Faleke rejected any form of reconciliation with the state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, at one-year anniversary prayer for late Audu at Ogbonicha confirming his determination to continue to fight APC.

“Giving him such an appointment will amount to providing him fuel to fire up the disintegration of APC in the state. Faleke alongside Hon. Buba Jibril in the Kogi West Senatorial Area of Kogi State have formed illegal party structures and lay claim to illegal stakeholders structure for which a petition is already before the national leadership of the party on Jibril” the party leaders added.

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