From AMEDU JOSEPH, Lokoja
The factional APC Abubakar Audu/James Faleke political family at the weekend, formally collapsed their political structure to join the struggle for the return of Governor Yahaya Bello back to Lugard House, come November 16 to continue his good work.
The group leader and former deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the 2015 election, Hon James Faleke made the declaration at a meeting with Gov. Yahaya Bello, on Friday at the Government House, Lokoja.
The event witnessed a large turn out of supporters of the late political icon and their representatives from the three senatorial districts of the state, who declared their support for Governor Bello’s re-election.
Faleke said that, they were happy to be at the event clarifying that they were neither forced nor financially influenced as falsely peddled in some sections of the media.
Faleke noted that, his political leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu taught him that, those that helped you to win an election or were with you when you lose should not be left behind.
He affirmed that, the governor was qualified and capable to deliver a better future for Kogi State, noting that both houses were one but only decided to stay back and watch.
Faleke said that, PDP’s 16 years in government was full of mistakes and that was why the party had nothing it could use to campaign against Governor Bello in this electioneering season
He, however, noted that though Bello’s administration had also made few mistakes which the governor had agreed to and corrected his path.
Faleke assured the governor of the group’s total support, stressing that he would win and move the state to the next level.
While assuring Senator Smart Adeyemi that his election by God’s grace was a walkover, Faleke enjoined group to learn to forgive and move on.
On her part, Hajiya Halimat Alfa, a women leader in the group from Kogi East, noted that those who were peddling the rumour of ‘Igala Agenda’ were selfish leaders who wanted to retain power within their family.
She affirmed that the governor had proved over and again to the people of Kogi East that he was actually pursuing the actual Igala progressive agenda.
In his remarks, the governor Bello said that no building could stand without solid foundation, assuring them never cease to pay tribute to those who laid the party’s foundation in Kogi.
He stressed that, the late Prince Audu and those that were with him were the founding fathers and members of the party and he inherited the structure from them.
Bello thanked Faleke and Hajiya Halimat Alfa for their large heart, saying “great leaders do not fight to finish but always created an avenue for reconciliation”.
The governor opined that when leaders after a long period of misunderstanding reconciled, the people of the state should expect greater things to unfold.
He stressed that Kogi State has moved beyond ethnicity, religious differences and inequality, saying his government was building a new Kogi which would be fair, equal and just to all.
He assured the newly absorbed members that the house was large enough to accommodate all, adding that they were all on the move to building a Kogi of the future even for children yet unborn.
Bello urged the citizens to go about their businesses without fear or intimidation as his government was ready to dislodge any form of threats to lives and properties of the people before during and after the election.
Gov. Suleiman Abdullahi of Nsarawa and former governor of Bauchi State, Barr. Abdullahi Mohammed, who were also present at the event, in their separate comments, assured the governor of victory as well as their staunch support in actualising it.
They both noted thanked the leadership of the Audu/Faleke group for choosing the people and the party above selfish interest, noting that their action was a further assurance of victory at the polls.