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In Kogi Bello appoints Deputy Governor

The governor is said to have sent a letter to the state’s House of Assembly asking that Achuba be confirmed for the position.

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Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has reportedly appointed a deputy governor.

Bello is said to have chosen Honourable Simon Achuba as his deputy, according to Daily Post.

The governor reportedly  sent a letter to the state’s House of Assembly asking that Achuba be confirmed for the position.

The letter reads:

“In line with the provision of Section 186 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999) as amended, I have the pleasure to forward herewith, the name of Hon. Simon Achuba for approval of appointment as the deputy governor of Kogi State.”

“Hon. Achuba (JP) hails from Ibaji Local Government Area of Kogi State and was a two-time honourable member of the state House of Assembly from 1999 to 2007 where he was Deputy Speaker during his second tenure.”

“In view of the above, it will be highly appreciated if the request is treated and approved with utmost speed to pave way for his assumption of office.”

Bello was sworn in without a deputy due to the refusal of proposed candidate, James Faleke to fill the position.

Controversy has surrounded the Kogi governorship and deputy governorship since the death of previous All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the state, Abubakar Audu.

Audu died on November 22, 2015, after contesting alongside Faleke in the previous elections which were subsequently declared inconclusive.

Bello was then chosen by the APC as its new candidate to contest the supplementary elections under authorization by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The decision however didn’t sit well with Faleke who’s insisting that he should be sworn in as governor.

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