A group that actively supported the emergence of Alh. Yahaya Bello as governor of Kogi State, Bello Support Organization (BSO) has called on the Deputy Governor-Elect, Hon. James Abiodun Faleke to see the outcome of the Kogi governorship election as an act of God, saying the party must be at peace in honour of its great leader, late Prince Abubakar Audu.
Speaking in Loloja, Tuesday, the spokesman for the group, Abdulrasaq Asiru said the organization will continue to accord Hon. Faleke the honour due his personality and office, urging supporters of Yahaya Bello to avoid any statement which may undermine the peace of the party and the state at large.
“Hon. James Abiodun Faleke remains a respected leader of our party who contributed immensely to the success of our dear party in the governorship election. As an organisation, we shall continue to accord him his due respect.
“In every organization, there are bound to be disagreements. There is no doubt that disagreements have been noticed among the rank and file of the party, but I think the media are hyping it. The All Progressives Congress is imbued with internal mechanism to resolve such differences.
“We also urge leaders who are stoking the fire of crisis in the party to desist from doing so but instead, come up with acceptable means of settling the few disputes in the party. Our party must not be viewed to be so divided against itself.
“Bello Support Organization believes that APC is one big family, urging party members and leaders to unite behind the incoming administration of Bello/Faleke to move the state towards a new direction that is development-oriented and prosperous.
“We also wish to commend the initiative of one of the leaders of the party in the state who is now a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Barrister James Ocholi, SAN, for making moves to sustain the emerging peace in the state”.
Asiru urged Faleke to be mindful of “double-faced” leaders who only reap in crisis situation. He said since Faleke didn’t contest for the governorship of the state, enemies of the party should desist from pushing him into what he has not indicated interest in while others were picking nomination form.
“I know Faleke. He is a gentleman and a patriot. Those urging him to lay claim to the governor are not sincere because they know he didn’t signify interest in the governorship while others were picking forms. The late Prince Abubakar Audu saw his quality and picked him as his running mate. He should resist the distractions of political jobbers who are bent on derailing the success of our great party.
“We cannot discount the rights of Faleke to seek redress in the law court, but we sincerely hope the issue is resolved to foster good relationship between Faleke and the Governor-Elect”.
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