From Ahmad Ibrahim, Lokoja
Members of late Abubakar Audu political family has decried the alleged comment credited to the member representing Ikeja federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Abiodun Faleke, where he promised to handover the structures of the late political titan to Governor Yahaya Bello.
In a statement made available to newsmen in Lokoja yesterday, the spokesman of the group, John Odekina described the comment as not only unfortunate, but a betrayal of late Abubakar Audu in death.
The group said while it cannot hold Hon. Faleke from tearing the fabrics of his political clan in Kogi State, he should stop the misconception of handing over the group to Governor Yahaya Bello.
“We are not commodities that can be sold to a buyer in any open market. Our political activism in Kogi State predates the incursion of Faleke into Kogi politics. How then can we become pawns in his political game of chess?”, it queried.
The statement further said that the choice of Hon. Faleke to work for Governor Yahaya Bello is his personal decision and it does not reflect the decision of the political family of late Prince Audu.
It wondered why Hon Faleke who was brought as running mate to the late former Governor in a relationship that did not last more than six months could usurp out of his political wisdom, the large political empire of Prince Abubakar Audu which predates him coming to Kogi State.
“Some of us have been following late Prince Abubakar Audu since his days at NRC and we moved together to APP, ANPP, ACN and eventually to APC until the death of our leader. We wonder how a stranger who joined the family six months to the demise of Prince Audu thinks he can ship us as a cheap commodity to Governor Bello”, the statement emphasized.
The group urged the general public and the large political family of late Prince Audu to disregard such undeserved and misleading statements from Hon James Abiodun Faleke, insisting that they were not prepared to mortgage the future of the state to any selfish personality.