Yahaya Bello, who was recently elected as a new Kogi state governor, said he would not join issues with James Faleke, the running-mate of late Abubakar Audu, who has resumed full legislative duty just 72-hour after the conclusion of the election. After Bello has been declared the governor-elect on Sunday, Faleke said he would not take oath of office as deputy governor.
In a statement sighed by Suleiman Abdulmalik, Bello’s media assistant, in Abuja, the governor-elect said dialogue remained the best solution to party issues. He added that he had absolute confidence in the leadership of the party to end the disagreement.
He described Faleke as a brother, saying the political crisis happening in the state is a family affair.
“I will continue to appeal to him and others to join hands with me in moving Kogi State forward. In politics we agree and disagree but dialogue remains the only solution to issues, but what happens in my state is an act of God,” Bello said.
Bello also disclosed that most of late Audu’s supporters were now with him.
“Those who matter in Audu’s camp are already working for me even before the supplementary election, and that reconciliation efforts greatly helped in defeating the PDP,” he said.
Faleke is expected to accept the outcome of the election as the will of God, Bello noted.
“All hands must be on deck and we must rally round the governor-elect, Alhaji Yahaya Bello. No winner, no vanquished; we must continue as one united family that we are.
“Hon James Abiodun Faleke and other aggrieved party members should accept the new development as the wish of God. We plead with them to cooperate with Bello to develop the state in line with the vision of our late icon, Prince Abubakar Audu,” he added.