Why Audu's first runner up in primary poll may replace him

Bello came second in the party's primary election.

Alhaji  Yahaya Bello

The All Progressives Congress (APC) might reportedly field Alhaji Yahaya Bello, to replace late Abubakar Audu in a Kogi State primary election.

Despite the People's Democratic Party's (PDP) protest against the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on allowing APC TO substitute Audu with another candidate, the Commission has expressed it readiness for the December 5 rerun election in 91 polling units of the state.

National Chairman of the APC had initial told newsmen that the party would conduct another primary election to choose Audu's replace, but a new report said the leadership of the party is not inclined to holding new primaries. The leaders said it would only make a replacement.

It was gathered that APC leaders actually preferred Bello to Audu in the first place, mainly because the deceased did not support President Muhammadu Buhari presidential primaries. He was said to be a strong supporter former Kano State Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.

According to Daily Trust sources, APC leaders do not intend to choose Audu's running mate, Mr. James Faleke, because he did not contest in the primaries, plus he is rooted in Lagos than he is in Kogi, which is his ancestral state. He had served as a local government chairman in Lagos State and is currently a legislator representing a constituency in Lagos State.

Also, Belllo, who is Igbirra, is a likely candidate because, according to reports, he comes from Kogi State’s second largest ethnic group which APC leaders believe is more advantageous politically.

In the primary elections, he polled 703 votes to finish second to Audu.

INEC has, however, given the APC till December 1 to present a replacement for Audu.

Audu died last Saturday shortly after INEC declared the Kogi state governorship election inconclusive, in which he was clearly in the lead. He was believed to have died of a heart attack.

He has since been buried according to Islamic rites.


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