Monday, 11 January 2016

Kogi gov-elect dissociates self from Faleke, late Audu’s son’s arrest.


Kogi State governor-elect, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello has dissociated himself from the detention and interrogation of the member representing Ikeja 2 Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon James Abiodun Faleke by Department of State Services (DSS).

He was arrested with Muhammed Audu, son of the late first flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last governorship elections.

Checks by The Guardian indicated that the duo were brought to the headquarters of the DSS at exactly 10.00am and were detained with assurances that an officer would attend to them shortly only for them to be held for a long time though they were later quizzed and released.

In a statement on Sunday which was made available to The Guardian in Lokoja, Bello said he did not send any petition against the duo to the DSS.

Meanwhile, an APC chieftain Alhaji Ibrahim Linko Ocheje has said that if Faleke’s supporters were aware that he and Muhammed were arrested by DSS “the entire state would have been on fire.”

The governor elect’s statement continued:”The allegation that I sent a petition to the DSS is an absolute falsehood and nothing can be farther from the truth .I did not send any petition to the security agency to invite Hon Faleke.

The insinuations that I might have written a petition to push for their invitation is absolute falsehood. Nothing can be further from the truth.”

“Hon Faleke is a respected member of APC, who has made his own contribution to the success of our party, instigating his arrest can not be a part of the reconciliatory moves and peace building efforts that we have initiated ahead of our January 27th inauguration.

“As we count down towards this historic inauguration of our change government, our focus remains the enactment of a responsive and responsible leadership to Kogi citizens who have reposed their trust in our party.”

But Ocheje in his submission stated that supporters of Faleke were not against the emergence of Bello because he is still of the APC fold but were only clamoring for the right thing to be done properly.

According to him despite all, Faleke remains the only beacon of hope for the Igala.

“No Faleke, no Igala as far as this political dispensation is concerned.
Faleke had nothing to lose because the late Audu gave him the deputy gubernatorial position and after the demise of Audu, the party retained that slot for him.

“If Faleke had been gullible to take the offer to be deputy to Yahaya Bello the Igala nation would have been silenced for ever.”
He expressed bitterness over the Faleke and Audu’s arrest which he said has made them heroes.

On the threat allegedly made by Faleke to make Kogi ungovernable, he said the DSS should even try to know the political undertones of such threats.

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