Abuja - Deputy Governor-elect of Kogi State, James Faleke has explained why he boycotted Wednesday inauguration of Gov. Yahaya Bello as the new governor of the state.
Faleke said he was not invited to the ceremony.
In an interview with Channels TV, which was monitored by our correspondent, Faleke said he was not invited because he was challenging the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to declare the November 21 governorship election inconclusive in court.
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He insisted that he would not accept the position of deputy governor of the state.
He denied reports that the party was making efforts to reconcile aggrieved parties in the election, noting that nobody had reached out to him.
He said the only time the party reached out to him was on December 3 when the party’s Chairman, John Oyegun announced the decision of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) to adopt Gov Bello as the governorship candidate for the December 5 election.
Faleke slammed Oyegun, for failing to do what he considered the right thing following Abubakar Audu’s death.
He stated that it was wrong for the party to have chosen Bello over him as replacement for the late Audu.
He stressed that he would only settle the problem out of court only on the condition that Bello agrees to resign as governor.
He argued that his actions did not amount to anti-party activities.
- News 24