The former running mate to the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) late Prince Abubakar Audu in the last governorship election in Kogi State, Chief James Faleke has asked governor Yahaya Bello to resigned as he commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for confirming to the general public that Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello did double registration.
He made this known on Friday while speaking with newsmen.
“I commend INEC for standing firm, it is unfortunate that the offender himself is not remorseful and has succeeded in making three INEC officials to lose their jobs.
“It will serve as deterrent to others. I sympathise with the families of the three INEC staff just as I sympathise with all Kogites for suffering the senseless rulership of Yahaya Bello.
“This is a shame to our State, it is a shame to Kogi. In the history of Nigeria this is the first time the illegality by a Governor is affecting an ordinary citizen,” he stated.
Chief James Faleke therefore advised the governor to Bello to resign
Also speaking, the Senator representing Kogi West senatorial district of the state, Senator Dino Melaye said if it were be a civilised society where leaders respect themselves and the people and where there is value, “I think the best thing is for him to resign honorably but you know our society is such that they will always believe they can have their way by maintaining the immunity believing that after the expiration of his tenure in office he will find a way of escaping the wrath of the law.
“Our leaders lack integrity. After the illegality has been confirmed and sacking of three INEC officials involved, he has succeeded in putting the affected INEC back in to the labor market.
“There is nothing better than for him to honorably resign,” he said.
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Kogi State said PDP was vindicated.
The state Publicity Secretary of the party, Prince Bode Ogunmola while reacting to the INEC conformation noted that the governor acted illegally.
“Double registration is an offence under our laws and we are happy that INEC is doing the needful now.
The governor doesn’t know the law and unfortunately he has surrounded himself with armatures if not ordinarily his Attorney General should have been able to advise him that double registration is an offence.
“Definitely he cannot be in contention in the next election. INEC declared that if not for immunity they should have gone ahead with his prosecution.
“Don’t worry we are going ahead dusting our books and our legal department is up to the task and when we get to the bridge we will tell him where he belongs.
“Normally he wasn’t an elected Governor nobody voted for him actually, his coming was an aberration and we have always hammered on that and now that people are saying he should step aside he should obey the clarion call of the people of Kogi State.
“He is getting every foot wrong, he is not paying salary, he is not paying pensioners, the only project he commissioned this year is his personal house, he has not done any other thing outside that.
“If you cannot carry a load why not step aside and allow people that are prepared to take over to come in and do the needful?
“So we are in support of the masses calling for him to step aside and go back to his transport business.” he said.