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Kogi Inauguration Why Yahaya Bello was sworn in without a deputy

The governor was however sworn in without a deputy due to the refusal of James Faleke to fill the post.

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Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been sworn in as the new governor of Kogi State.

Bello was inaugurated today, January 27, 2016, at the Confluence Stadium in Lokoja, the state capital.

The governor was however sworn in without a deputy due to the refusal of James Faleke to fill the post.

Faleke was originally the running mate of late APC candidate, Prince Audu Abubakar in the November 21, 2015, elections in the state.

He was chosen as Bello’s running mate after Audu’s sudden death but refused to occupy the position insisting that he should be sworn in as governor instead.

“I will not disappoint Prince Abubakar Audu. I, James Abiodun Faleke will not be there for the swearing in if we don’t finish the case before the January 27, 2016,” he said at a meeting of APC stakeholders from Kogi West Senatorial District on Monday, December 7.

“Nobody consulted me before making me a deputy to Bello. Bello too did not consult me. I have made my position known to the party leadership on this. I am not ready to betray and disappoint Prince Abubakar Audu,” he added.

Faleke had earlier also raised an alarm that the APC was planning to declare him an “absconded deputy governor” in a bid to swear Bello in alone.

“I want to bring to the attention of Nigerians, plans to call me out to take oath of allegiance as Deputy Governor to Yahaya Bello today in Lokoja since it is the Deputy that takes oath first,” he said via a statement released by his media aide, Duro Meseko.

“The script is to announce my name for oath taking at least three times after which they would declare that the Deputy Governor-elect has absconded, but would be sworn in at a later date. They would now go ahead to swear in Bello as the Governor.

“Let me make it very clear to the good people of Kogi State and Nigerians in general that I am not the Deputy to Yahaya Bello and will therefore, not be present today (Wednesday) at his inauguration.

“I had made my position abundantly clear to my party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC ) that I will not serve as Deputy to Bello, neither would I participate in the December 5, 2015 Supplementary election,” he added.

The APC had earlier said that it would have no problem replacing Faleke if he did not accept the deputy governorship.

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