Former Deputy Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Kogi State and lawmaker representing Ikeja Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, James Faleke, says he will no longer contest the governorship election in the north-central state.
AN24 also gathered that Falake had previously declared his intention to contest for the Kabba/Bunu – Ijumu federal constituency House of Reps in Kogi State before the recent update.
“The Commission at its meeting held today approved the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the Governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States which will hold in both States on Saturday 2nd November 2019,” INEC had said in a statement issued April 9 by Festus Okoye, the chairman of INEC’s information and voters education committee.
Speaking on the forthcoming election and the possibility of contesting the number one political position in the state, Faleke said his immediate preoccupation now is to “join hands with all members of the 9th Assembly to elect Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila as the Speaker of the House of Reps” and not to contest the Kogi election.
His words: “In the past few days, I have received phone calls from various people from Kogi State particularly from our brothers and sisters from the Eastern Senatorial District of the state on a purported meeting with my Leaders towards coming to Kogi State to contest for the governorship seat slated for November 2019. I wish to say clearly that I was not in such a meeting”.
“I have just been reelected by the loving people of Ikeja Federal Constituency to represent the people for a record third term. My immediate preoccupation now is to join hands with all members of the 9th Assembly to elect Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila as the Speaker of the House of Reps come June 2019 by God’s grace