APC Lawmaker Faleke Withdraws from Kogi Governorship Race, Gives Key Reason
- James Faleke, the lawmaker representing Ikeja Federal Constituency in Lagos and secretary of the APC PCC, has withdrawn from the governorship race in Kogi state
- Falake made his decision to back out from the gubernatorial contest public over the weekend
- According to the lawmaker, he was withdrawing from contesting for the Kogi governorship election in the interest of the nation
A House of Representatives member representing Ikeja Federal Constituency in Lagos and secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), James Faleke, has withdrawn from the Kogi state governorship election.
Tribune reports that Faleke withdrew from the governorship race after he failed to appear before the Senator Abubakar Sodangi-led panel, which screens all aspirants of the APC.
The screening took place ahead of the November 2023 governorship election primary for the party, which is scheduled for April 10.
It was gathered that some supporters of the lawmaker across the three senatorial zones had earlier obtained the Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms for Falake to contest during the gubernatorial polls.
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The APC-PCC confirmed that Faleka decided not to contest the guber poll in defence of national interest.
“I am of the opinion that my personal interest must not override national interest. I, alongside several other supporters, worked hard for the election of our leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as President-elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It would be out of place for me to jump out of the team to start pursuing personal goals.
“The people that bought form on my behalf meant well and I appreciate them. I am pleading with them and my other numerous supporters in Kogi State to see the larger picture and to note that I am still with them in spirit, body and soul. I will continue to contribute to the development of the state.”
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