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Faleke, Audu Regain Freedom




James Faleke, the Kogi State Deputy Governor-elect and son of the late Prince Abubakar Audu, Mohammed have regained their freedom.

Duro Meseko, the Director of Media and Publicity of Audu/Faleke Campaign Organisation, confirmed the release of the duo.

He said they reported to the headquarters of the SSS in Abuja on invitation at about 10 a.m. only to be taken into custody without any cogent reason before they were released.

Meseko urged members of All Progressives Congress (APC), and supporters of the politicians to remain calm and not resort to any action that could jeopardise the existing peace in the state.

He also assured that Mr. Faleke would continue to abide by the rule of law to reclaim the mandate freely given him and the late Abubakar Audu on November 21, 2015.

The SSS, also known as DSS, has not stated any reason for the arrest of Messrs. Faleke and Audu.

Faleke has rejected the position of Deputy Governor-elect saying he should be sworn-in as governor after the death of his former boss and governorship candidate, Abubakar Audu.

Prince Audu died after over 95 per cent of results announced in the Kogi election showed he had an unassailable lead.

Rather than make Faleke assume the title of governor-elect, the APC chose Yahaya Bello as its news candidate and asked Faleke to remain Deputy, a position he rejected.

Faleke has since approached the election tribunal asking to be declared governor. He has also said he will not attend the swearing-in ceremony of January 27.

Meanwhile, the Kogi State Governor-Elect, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has distanced himself from rumours linking him to Saturday’s invitation of Faleke by the Directorate of State Security, saying he was always on the path of peace and reconciliation.

Reacting through a statement signed by his Media Office, Jude Salau, Bello denied sending any petition against the duo of Faleke and Mohammed Audu to the DSS.

“The allegation that I sent a petition to the DSS is an absolute falsehood and nothing can be farther from the truth.

“I did not send any petition to the security department to invite Hon Faleke. The insinuations that I might have written a petition to push for their invitation is absolute falsehood. Nothing can be farther from the truth,” the Governor-elect further stressed.

The Governor elect noted that the DSS has been a highly professional organization under the leadership of the present administration, urging Nigerians to support security agencies in doing their job.

“We should all strive to support the independence of our security agencies from politicization,” he counselled, adding that “agencies of government related to law enforcement and judiciary must be seen as impartial in our collective desire to build a strong democracy”.

He urged members of the APC to ensure amicable resolution of disputes in order to move the nation forward. He hailed the contributions of Hon. Faleke and other leaders of the party for their contributions to the development of the party.

“Hon Faleke is a respected member of APC, who has made his own contribution to the success of our party, instigating his arrest can not be a part of the reconciliatory moves and peace building efforts that we have initiated ahead of our January 27th inauguration.

“As we count down towards this historic inauguration of our change government, our focus remains the enactment of a responsive and responsible leadership to Kogi citizens who have reposited their trust in our party.

“We are determined to deliver dividends of democracy to our persevering and patriotic people at the fastest speed. A new Kogi is here: peace, harmony and all round development is our focus”, he said.


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