The Deputy Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the November 21, 2015 Governorship election in Kogi State, James Faleke, and Mohammed, the eldest son of Abubakar Audu, the late APC governorship candidate, Abubakar Audu, were on Saturday detained by the State Security Service.
The Director, Media and Publicity of Audu/Faleke Campaign Organisation, Duro Meseko, said in a statement on Saturday that the duo arrived the SSS headquarters in Abuja at exactly 10.00am and were kept in an office with assurances that an officer would attend to them only to keep them indefinitely.
Mr. Meseko said the two politicians were kept in an isolated office till 4p.m on Saturday evening.
He said, “I’m surprised my Principal and the eldest son of our political leader, Mohammed are still being kept as I speak with you which is 4pm. What could be responsible for this ill treatment by the SSS?
“Or could they be acting the intimidation script? Trying to arms-twist them into abandoning the sacred mandate freely given to the Audu/Faleke team by the generality of Kogi people?
Let me make it abundantly clear that our mandate is sacred and no amount of of technical detention, intimidation and harassment would shake our resolve to get justice through the judiciary.
“I refuse to believe that the presidency has hands in the arrest! But we may not rule out the fact that the power that be must have wielded their influence in the arrest, but we are not not pertubed over the development, because we believe that God ultimately vindicate us.”
The SSS has had no official spokesperson since Marilyn Ogar was removed, and could therefore not be reached for comments.
Mr. Faleke was running mate to the late Mr. Audu in the November 21, 2015 gubernatorial election, that was declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He is insisting that the election had been won and lost before Mr. Audu died and that INEC was wrong in failing to declare him governor-elect.
He said he would not present himself for swearing-in with Yahaya Bello, the governorship candidate who was drafted in after the death of Audu.
Mr. Faleke is billed to be sworn in on January 27, 2016, alongside Mr. Bello.
He said his stance was in furtherance of his earlier letter to the national leadership of the party not to work with Mr. Bello, the governor-elect.
Mr. Faleke, has now approached the state governorship election petition tribunal to seeking to be declared the authentic elected governor of the state.