APC under pressure to replace Audu

By Amako Nneji November 26, 2015 11:40

APC under pressure to replace Audu

Emerging reports revealed that the campaign organization of the late Kogi State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Prince Abubakar Audu, is lobbying leadership of the party to replace the deceased with his son, Mohammed.

An insider hinted to PUNCH that the campaign organisation was of the opinion Mohammed should join the race.

See:  #KogiDecides: APC, INEC concede to PDP

      “Abubakar Audu’s supporters, including his campaign structure, are rooting for Audu’s son, Mohammed, or James Faleke for them not to lose out entirely.

“They are narrowing it to either Faleke or Mohammed because the APC machinery believes that the election has been won. But the party elders and leaders, who worked for him, will be more comfortable with Mohammed,” a source said.

Audu passed away on Sunday, barely hours after the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declared the November 21 governorship poll in the state inconclusive.

Prior to his demise, Audu was leading his co-contender, Idris Wada with over 41,353 votes.

The APC had met following the party’s declaration that another primary would be held to produce a replacement for the late governorship candidate.

The meeting came on the heels of INEC’s declaration that the APC can replace the late Audu while fixing the supplementary election on December 5, 2015.

At the moment, there is suspense and anxiety in the state over who may emerge as Audu’s replacement.

Politicians such as Yahaya Bello, Jubrin Echocho, Salihu Atawodi and others have been listed as possible replacements.

See:  #KogiDecides: PDP calls out AGF, INEC for fumbling

In what seems an unending battle, Faleke’s loyalists in a communiqué signed by Achama Matthew and Mohammed Abdulahi are insisting that the governorship ticket should be ceded to late Audu’s running mate.

Rising from a meeting recently in Lokoja, they accused INEC of ambushing the people’s will by declaring inconclusive an election that had produced a clear winner.

They therefore condemned the APC for proposing a fresh primary to fill the vacuum created by the sudden death of the party’s standard bearer.

Part of the communiqué reads: “INEC should be courageous to declare Audu/Faleke as the winner of the election.”