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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Kogi Gov., Yahaya Bello Finally Appoints Second-In-Command

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has taken the bull by the horns by appointing Hon. Simon Achu­ba as the deputy governor of the state when entreaties to lure Faleke on board failed.

A post on APC’s Facebook page indicates that Bello in a letter to the House of Assembly, asked the lawmakers to confirm Achu­ba as his deputy. His action follows the refusal of Hon. James Faleke, the running mate to the late Prince Abubakar Audu, to accept the office.

Faleke, a House of Representatives member, was the running mate to the late Audu in an election that was inconclusive due to the death of Audu. Faleke, who was seen as Bello’s deputy rejected the position on the ground that he was rather the one to be installed as governor following the demise of Audu and not Bello.

The APC after several abortive attempts to convince Faleke to take the deputy governorship position went ahead and inaugurated the administration of Bello on January 27 without a deputy governor. Since Bello took over office about 2 weeks ago, the state had been without a deputy governor, a situation that had brought about intense debate in the State.
The letter reads: In line with the provision of Section 186 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999) as amended, I have the pleasure to forward herewith, the name of Hon. Simon Achuba for approval of appointment as the deputy governor of Kogi State.

“Hon. Achuba (JP) hails from Ibaji Local Government Area of Kogi State and was a two-time honourable member of the state House of Assembly from 1999 to 2007 where he was Deputy-Speak­er during his second tenure.

“In view of the above, it will be highly appreciated if the request is treated and approved with utmost speed to pave way for his assump­tion of office.”

The State House of Assembly will seat today for the screening and possible confirmation of Hon. Achuba.

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