While controversy rages-on regarding the successor to Prince Audu Abubakar, the late governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Kogi, the ruling party has stated that it is still consulting on the matter.
Following the death of Audu and the declaration of the governorship election as inconclusive, the Independent National Electoral Commission, had instructed the APC to find a replacement for Audu.
While Audu’s running mate, James Faleke, staked a claim for the right to step-up and be the governorship candidate, the late politician’s loyalists insisted that his son, Mohammed Audu, must succeed his father.
However, on Saturday, November 28, it was widely reported that the ruling party had selected Yahaya Bello as Audu’s replacement, and the governorship candidate for the December 5 Kogi supplementary election.
Bello’s selection was met with criticism and protests in the state and within the party, hence new information from the ruling party’s camp suggests that Bello’s selection may not be its final decision on the matter.
The APC leadership says it has not settled for Bello as replacement for Audu in the supplementary election, saying a decision will be taken on Monday, November 30.
Acting National Publicity Secretary of the party, Comrade Timi Frank, said the party was yet to decide on a replacement.
“We are still consulting on the issue. We would take a final stand on the issue of Audu’s replacement on Monday and we are definitely going to issue a statement on the issue”, he said.
Meanwhile, INEC has informed the APC that it would not be allowed to replace its late governorship candidate after Tuesday.
INEC’s spokesman, Nick Dazang, said the commission was yet to receive an official communication from the APC concerning Audu’s replacement.
He said, “I have reached out to the Director of Political Party Monitoring, but as I am speaking to you we do not have any such communication (a name of the party’s choice). Don’t forget, the party has up till December 1 to submit a name.”