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BUHARI’s CABINET: Kogi APC vows to fight Tinubu over Faleke



BUHARI's CABINET: Kogi APC vows to fight Tinubu over Faleke

The rumoured move by President Muhammadu Buhari to recruit James Faleke, who lost out in the Kogi gubernatorial poll, as a Minister in his planned cabinet shakeup is threatening the existence of the Kogi State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Speculations had been rife that Buhari, as a way to placate Bola Ahmed Tinubu, had penciled down a few of the latter’s cronies for political positions in the much anticipated cabinet reshuffle.

Ripples Nigeria had exclusively reported on December 30 that a few of Tinubu’s men had been touted as favorites as Buhari contemplates juggling his cabinet. They were Segun Abraham who lost out in the Ondo poll, James Faleke who lost out in the power play in Kogi State and Wale Edun, former Commissioner of Finance in Lagos State.

On Tuesday, however, leaders of APC in Kogi State issued a stern warning to the Presidency, advising it to shelf any thoughts of considering Faleke as a Minister or risk having the party dismembered.

They held that they would resist any orchestrated plan by Tinubu to spread his influence over the North Central region.

The stance of the party elders was conveyed via a statement jointly signed by Alhaji Suleiman Ejibunu and Chief Richard Asaje.

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It noted that, “If at all Faleke and his godfather, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, deserve any, not the ministerial slot of Kogi State to avoid serious crisis in the Kogi APC as such a move may lead to the exit of every prominent, loyal and committed member of the party while aggravating the fractionalisation of the party along many divides.

“We are also unequivocally resolute to stop Tinubu’s expansion into Kogi State or any state in the North-Central; we are determined to push out all his cohorts from Kogi come 2018/2019. It is a task that must be done through all legal/political means. They have failed and they will continue to fail.”

The group argued that, “Giving him such an appointment will amount to providing him fuel to fire on the breakup of APC in the state. Faleke alongside Honourable Buba Jibril in the West Senatorial Area of Kogi State have formed illegal party structures and lay claim to illegal stakeholder structure for which a petition is already before the national leadership of the party.”

Tinubu’s towering political structure, especially in the Southwest, has often put him at loggerheads with opponents who want to reshape the power equation in areas where he is seemingly in control. His supporters feel that he had not been adequately compensated for his contributions in the ouster of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which held the reigns of power for sixteen years.

Faleke, an indigene of Kogi State, represents Lagos State in the National Assembly and may fill the vacuum left by the exit of former Minister of Labour , James Ocholli who died in a road accident last year if he gets Buhari’s nod.


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    January 3, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Tinubu imminent doom is near.
    He will have no option than to go on exiles soon.

    • chichi emerue

      January 3, 2017 at 4:20 pm

      Lol. When he is not jibril. By now, Tinubu ought to have rested and quit politics. He has been molested enough.

  2. seyi jelili

    January 3, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    I trust buhari, he won’t dare chose faleke as any minister. Nigerians should keep cool. Buhari won’t please Tinubu but his party APC which is bigger than Tinubu.

    • Emmanuel Alayegbami

      January 3, 2017 at 4:01 pm

      Tinubu is bigger than apc if you must know. Buhari knows 2019 is at the corner and he needs to appease the god of APC who is Tinubu. So buhari will please Tinubu, the man who made him win.

      • Joy Madu

        January 3, 2017 at 4:05 pm

        I hate hearing Tinubu is the one who made buhari win. Is it Tinubu who decided the fate of 160million Nigerians?
        Buhari should start thinking out of the box that whether with Tinubu or no Tinubu, GOD had earmarked it that he would win. Buhari should be more focus on developing Nigeria and forget about sycophants.

    • Johnson Amadi

      January 3, 2017 at 8:49 pm

      You are funny sis… You want us to keep cool until Buhari turns the country upside down? Because that’s what you’ve told us to do.

  3. Animashaun Ayodeji

    January 3, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    I hope the crisis in APC will not last till 2019, because this is fast affecting the party’s reputation in the public.

    • Roland Uchendu Pele

      January 3, 2017 at 7:22 pm

      To me, I would rather the party falls apart.

  4. Margret Dickson

    January 3, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    it appears the whole APC has turned against Tinubu, it is really surprising. If the people of Kogi cannot support Tinubu’s candidate, then Jagaban has lost his credibility and respect in the party

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