The political crisis in Kogi continues as a new deputy governor was sworn in today following Governor Yahaya Bello’s request to the state assembly. He is Simon Achuba, the former deputy speaker of the Kogi state house of assembly.
About two weeks ago, Yahaya Bello was sworn in as the governor becoming the first governor in the country to take the oath of office without a deputy. James Faleke, running mate to the late Abubakar Audu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November 21 election, had rejected the offer of the party to be Bello’s deputy.
The first round of elections were inconclusive according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). APC then replaced Audu with Bello in the supplementary elections. A decision which Faleke vehemently opposed and is challenging at the tribunals.
The new deputy governor hails from Ibaji local government area of the state. He defected to the APC from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) a few weeks to the governorship election.