Kogi: Atiku Accused Of Trying To Install Loyalist As Deputy Governor

Former Vice President Atiku
Abubakar may be pushing for
loyalist to take the position of
the Deputy Governor of Kogi
State, a Chieftain of the All
Progressives Congress (APC) in
the state, Mallam Abdullahi
Kabiru has alleged.
Mr. Kabiru in a statement he
issued to the media yesterday,
accused the ex-VP of “causing
disarray in the leadership
hierarchy of Kogi State All
Progressives Congress in his bid
to impose his loyalist, and former
member of Kogi State House of
Assembly, Simeon Achuba as
replacement for Hon. Abiodun
Faleke who turned down the
offer of Deputy Governor after
demise of Audu Abubakar his
Principal and Governorship
Candidate of APC who was
already coasting to victory in the
race for Kogi State Governorship
seat before he suddenly died last
According to him, “In the past
days, Atiku, according to our
dependable sources has been
pulling the strings with a view to
ensuring that Simeon Achuba
becomes Governor Yahaya
Bello’s Deputy, and that this has
led to massive rancour in the
leadership of APC in Kogi State”.
The APC Chieftain alleged that
‘’We are conscious of Atiku
Abubakar’s moves to impose on
us Simeon Achuba as our next
Deputy Governor, but I can
assure you that we are not going
to cave into that. Again we’re
also not unmindful that lots of
resources have been deployed in
the past few days, including
millions of naira to bribe people
into buying the idea of Achuba
becoming the next Deputy
Governor of Kogi State, but let
me say with all emphasis at my
disposal that all these clandestine
moves shall end up in vain’’.
It will be recalled that the
leadership of the State
Legislature has been embroiled in
a tussle, which has led to the
impeachment of Momoh Jimoh
and Ali Akuh as Speaker and
Deputy Speaker respectively.
Also in the race for Deputy
Governor of Kogi State, are Hon.
Tim Diche, a former
Governorship aspirant, Hon.
Ikani Okolo, a member
representing Dekina/Bassa
Federal constituency in the House
of Representatives and
Ambassador Aisha Audu Emeje,
widow of late Audu Abubakar,
who is believed to be favoured
for the position of Deputy
Governor in Kogi State.