– Where Was The Face Of Equity, Justice And Fairness When In 2015 You Left Aspirants From West And Central To Deputised Late Prince Abubakar Audu?
In less than four days to the gubernatorial primary election of the All Progressive Congress in Kogi State slated to hold on the 14th of April, 2023, the political atmosphere in the state keeps getting clouded with intense suspense of not knowing what to expect particularly as the incumbent governor and leader of the party in the state, His Excellency Alhaji Yahaya Bello has refused to show any sign of endorsement to any aspirant from either of the three senatorial districts in the state. The state of suspense has opened the door for many groups and individuals to advocate for their preferred zones to enjoy the candidacy of the party. No doubt, the agitation is never out of place.
However, as a concerned party faithful of the All Progressive Congress in Kogi State, the need to stress on the fact that “the party is supreme and that any anti party activities remains an enemy to the success of any party”, remains sacrosanct. Bearing this in mind, births my impetus for which I write to call on the attention of Rt. Hon. James Abiodun Faleke alias JAF on his “Voice of Jacob and Hands of Esau” role in the just concluded National Assembly Election In Okun Land; Kabba-Bunu/Ijumu And Yagba Federal Constituency Respectively which obviously threatens the popularity of The All Progressive Congress In Okun Land.
It is no longer news that Rt. Hon. Faleke played silent yet audible roles in support of the electoral victory of the African Democratic Party, ADC, in Yagba and Kabba Bunu Ijumu Federal Constituencies in the House of Representatives election which ushered in Elder Leke Abejide For Yagba and Arc. Idris Salman for Kabba Bunu Ijumu. The available evidence to this allegation is seen from how Elder Leke Openly declared JAF who is in APC as his leader and even attended a critical stakeholders meeting organised by JAF for Kogi West APC leaders. As if this was never enough, a good number of those appointed into the APC Presidential Campaign Council by JAF by virtue of his influence as the Secretary of the Tinubu Shetima Presidential Campaign Council, were more of ADC members than APC in other words, they were more of wolfs in sheep skin. This empowered them to comfortably work against the success of the party in both Federal Constituencies in Okun land for the House of Representatives election as this was their particular seat on target and as they will have it, they succeeded.
Just yesterday, I read online an open address from Rt. Hon. Faleke adding his voice to the call for the zoning of Kogi APC governorship ticket to the Western Senatorial District, with the claim that, that is what equity, justice and fairness would mean in the state. The call is not actually a condemnable one in any way.
However, my concern lies in the statement made by Hon. JAF “APC can not afford to be in the opposition in Kogi State”. This statement would leave anyone who exercises rationality to ask questions such as“Should the delegates votes otherwise of the position of JAF, Will he be deterred to supporting the party’s candidate and the party in the election towards victory at the November gubernatorial general election ?” and does not giving a particular zone the party’s ticket means the party will not triumph at the general election?
Well, because the party is supreme and we believe that the party will go through all means not punishable under the law to produce its flag bearer, I want to assure Rt. Honourable James Faleke that the party will coast to landslide electoral victory because we will go all out to harvest votes for the party just like we did for Tinubu Shetima in the state.
prevail. The hunt for a worthy and successful successor is not an easy task, ask Tinubu who served as an Executive Governor of Lagos State. One of the wrong steps to the downfall of a leader is not to have a successful successor.
I stand with GYB/APC before, during and even after Kogi APC 2023 Primary election.