Indications have emerged that the National Leader of All Progressives Congress, Senator Bola Tinubu has given full backing to Hon. James Faleke to disobey party supremacy on the Kogi State governorship Election, Channels Reports.
Consequently, the leadership of party nominated the first runner-up in its primary election, Alhaji Yahaya Bello as its new governorship candidate and likewise retain Hon James Faleke as the deputy governorship candidate for the Kogi governorship supplementary election.
Alhaji Yahaya Bello was recently sworn in as the Executive Governor of Kogi State. The protest against the incumbent governor of Kogi State by Mr Faleke is viewed by many analysts as contempt for party supremacy.
Faleke, in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/977/2015, which he filed through a consortium of lawyers led by Chief Wole
Olanipekun, SAN and Mr. Femi Falana, SAN, insisted that contrary to the claim by the electoral body, the Kogi State
governorship election was conclusive.
He is seeking 16 principal reliefs from the court, among which include, “A declaration that by the express provisions of sections 179 (2) (a) and (b) and 187(1) of the constitution, a person who is nominated as an associate of a candidate for the office of governor of a state is duly elected deputy governor of a state when the candidate for the office of the governor scores the highest number of votes at the election and also scored not less than one quarter of all the votes cast in each of at least two-third of all the local government areas in the state.
The former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is believed to be the strong backer encouraging Hon James Faleke to sue the APC.
Tinubu allegedly gave Mr Faleke legal and financial backing and reportedly assured Faleke that the court would declare him as governor before the end of 2015.
However, this development is a sharp contract to the avowed party discipline and loyalty the camp of former Governor Tinubu mouthed after the June 9 inauguration of the 8th National Assembly.
After the emergence of Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Ex-Governor Tinubu and his loyalists had insisted on party supremacy claiming both leaders of the National Assembly are ‘indisciplined”.
Some close watchers who spoke with our reporter wondered if party supremacy is not meant to be obeyed by all members of the party with the flagrant disregard to party supremacy by Tinubu’s loyalist, Mr Faleke.
Meanwhile, it seems there is a silent war between the political camps of President Muhammadu Buhari and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
The clearest indication is the open criticism of President Buhari by Tinubu’s wife, Senator Oluremi Tinubu on the floor of the Senate chamber recently. Mrs Tinubu took a swipe at the President, saying this is not the change we voted for.
She said that women in IDPs were only used for elections and now they have been abandoned. The Lagos lawmaker also said the change that was expected is not the change that is being experienced now.
Mrs Tinubu also stated that the Buhari’s administration will incur the wrath of women if something is not done to improve the allocation to the women’s affair ministry.
It remains to be known why the Former Governor of Lagos State, Sen. Bola Tinubu is backing his godson, Mr Faleke to disregard constituted authority and party supremacy.