A socio-political group, Kogi West Conscience, has called on the national leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to address the imminent crisis that will soon erupt in the party as a result of brazen anti-party activities.
In a statement signed by the group’s national president, Ademola Bakare, some party leaders were accused of working against all APC candidates in Kogi West.
Ademola said it is worrisome that the national secretary of the party’s presidential campaign council, James Faleke, is working against all candidates of APC in Kogi West, aside his political god-father, Senator Bola Tinubu who is flying the party’s presidential flag.
He said Faleke, who was APC’s deputy governorship candidate in the 2015 Kogi guber polls, is not hiding his anti-party activities in Kogi state as he had allegedly endorsed House of Representatives candidates of opposition parties in the state.
“It is no longer a secret that James Faleke is only works for APC in Lagos and the party’s presidential candidate. We confidently submit that Faleke is working against Kogi Assembly Speaker, Prince Kolawole Matthew who is APC House of Reps candidate for Kabba/Bunu/Ijumu federal constituency. He has pitched his tent with the candidates of his ‘actual party’, African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the two federal constituencies in Okun land; Yagba and Kabba/Bunu/Ijumu.
“Last weekend, Faleke played host to APC stakeholders in Kogi West and to our surprise, he invited the House of Reps candidates of ADC, Leke Abejide and Idris Salman to the event. Not only did he invite them, he practically endorsed them in the presence of APC stakeholders.
“He didn’t hide his hatred for APC in Kogi West and made it clear that his sole interest is his god-father emerging president of the nation.
“It is important to note that APC lost all House of Reps seats in Kogi West in 2019 due to anti-party activities. We regained the senate seat through the doggedness of Governor Yahaya Bello and Senator Smart Adeyemi,” he said.
The group warned that Faleke should not take active APC members in Kogi West for granted as they have capacity to pay him back in his coin during the presidential polls.
“If the party fails to call Faleke to order in Kogi West, we will reciprocate his gesture accordingly when casting votes for our preferred presidential candidate in 2023.
“Kogi West electorate are not cheap people who worship money. We are a people that cherish and value integrity. sincerity of purpose and reliable character. If some persons think they are the richest in Kogi West and can call anybody’s bluff, we owe our ancestors a duty to protect our cherished values. Kogi West has never been for sale and won’t be sold cheaply in our time.”