- Hon. James Faleke has declared that he will support the reelection bid of Governor Yahaya Bello in Kogi state
- Faleke was the running mate to late Prince Abubakar Audu during the 2015 Kogi governorship election
- The governor and Faleke had been at loggerheads before now
Honourable James Faleke has declared that he will support the reelection bid of Governor Yahaya Bello in Kogi state.
Faleke made the declaration when he visited Governor Bello in Abuja on Sunday, October 6.
The meeting was part of efforts for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to record overwhelming victory at the gubernatorial election scheduled for Saturday, November 16.
A statement by the Kogi governor's spokesman, Onogwu Mohammed, indicated that the two leaders discussed strategies to adopt for the polls.
The meeting also had in attendance the APC deputy governorship candidate, Edward Onoja.
After the meeting, Faleke said even though he has no vote in Kogi, he still has numerous followers in the state.
He promised to reach out to his supporters in the state to ensure that they are fully mobilised ahead of the polls.
He said he decided to work for the governor for the sake of unity in the APC.
Bello has been reaching out to several APC chieftains in the weeks leading up to the election.
The governor has so far gotten an overwhelming endorsement from many of the chieftains who were hitherto not aligning with him.
The endorsements received by the governor across political divides is said to have boosted his chances of being re-elected.
This is also due to the unending internal wrangling within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The PDP has been facing serious internal crisis after its primary election ended in rancour, with many of the aspirants disputing the final result announced.
Despite a series of interventions by senior PDP chieftains across the country, party chieftains in Kogi state have refused to work together.
Analysts say despite being from a minority tribe, Belo might be cruising to victory if the PDP does not get their acts right before the election.
Meanwhile, an APC spokesman Kingsley Fanwo has said PDP's candidate, Musa Wada, “doesn’t know anything about the state he aspires to govern.”
Fanwo was reacting to claims by Wada that there is a federal medical centre in Kabba.
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