Yahaya Bello was today sworn in as Governor of Kogi State despite controversies surrounding the governorship seat.
Bello was sworn in at exactly 12:02pm at the Confluence stadium, Lokoja by the Chief Judge of Kogi State, Justice Nasir Ajanah, with the administration of oath.
James Faleke who is regarded as his deputy was absent.
Faleke was the Deputy Governorship Candidate to Abubakar Audu at the November 21, 2015 Governorship election in Kogi State. He had earlier raised the alarm over attempts to announce his name as Deputy Governor during the swearing in ceremony of Yahaya Bello as Governor of Kogi State.
In a statement signed by the Director, Media and Publicity, Audu/Faleke Campaign Organisation, Honourable Duro Meseko on Wednesday, Faleke said the plan was hatched for Bello to escape the obvious lacuna of not running the Supplementary election with a Deputy, which is unconstitutional.
“I want to bring to the attention of Nigerians, plans to call me out to take oath of allegiance as Deputy Governor to Yahaya Bello today in Lokoja since it is the Deputy that takes oath first.
“The script is to announce my name for oath taking at least three times after which they would declare that the Deputy Governor-elect has absconded, but would be sworn in at a later date. They would now go ahead to swear in Bello as the Governor.
“Let me make it very clear to the good people of Kogi State and Nigerians in general that I am not the Deputy to Yahaya Bello and will therefore, not be present today (Wednesday) at his inauguration.
“I had made my position abundantly clear to my party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that I will not serve as Deputy to Bello, neither would I participate in the December 5, 2015 Supplementary election.
“A strongly worded letter was written to the leadership of APC and INEC to back up my position. It is therefore the height of political mischief for anyone to attempt to call my name for oath taking at an inauguration ceremony they know I would not be present,” Faleke said.
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