Hon Abiodun Faleke has described as illegal his nomination as the running mate to Alhaji Yahaya Bello, who was substituted for the late Audu.
Faleke, in a letter to the National Chairman of the APC, dated November 27, 2015, also described Bello as a disloyal party member, whom he accused of working for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party during the November 21 governorship election.
He described the arrangement to substitute Audu with Bello as unjust, adding that he was never consulted before his name was submitted to the Independent Electoral Commission as Bello’s running mate for the Saturday’s supplementary election.
His letter to Odigie-Oyegun read in part, “I wish to put it on record that I was neither consulted nor informed by anybody before my name was submitted as running mate to a man who has, since the conduct of the primary, abandoned the party, took the party to court, worked for the PDP, thereby causing our party to lose his polling unit – 88 votes to his ally party, the PDP’s 116, repeating the same feat at the ward level with APC scoring 1,146 to PDP’s 2,058.
“While it is true that the said Alhaji Yahaya Bello participated in our party’s primary, it is trite that party primaries are conducted to produce a candidate, and once a candidate is produced, the congress, being an ad hoc tool of the party for that purpose, should automatically extinguish.
“It is clear from this injustice, that our party is on the path of rewarding disloyalty and discouraging loyalty through this act of impunity for which we all fought the PDP.”
Mohammed, who is the eldest son of the late Audu, said he was not aware of that anyone had been picked as a replacement for his late father.
Flanked by the running mate to his father, Faleke, he labeled such move (to pick Bello as a replacement for the late Audu) as backyard move.
Mohammed, who declined to speak further on the issue because the occasion was the 8th day fidau for his father at Oghonicha in Ofu Local Government Area, however, promised to speak on the issue at a later date.
He said, “Our mission here is to pray for the repose of his soul. It is too soon to be discussing politics. I will like us to focus more on the mourning.
“As you can see, people are still wearing long faces.”


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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