The Deputy Governor-elect of Kogi State, Hon. James Faleke, has been urged to accept the outcome of the November 21 and December 5 governorship election in the state as God’s way of answering the prayers of the people of Kogi West for power rotation.
NGTrends notes that since the creation of Kogi State in 1991, the Igala ethnic group has been producing governors of the state with the other two major ethnic groups – Okun and Egbira – playing second fiddle.
As a result of the imbalance in the power sharing formula in the state, the Okun and Egbira ethnic groups have agitated for power rotation away from Kogi East to either Kogi West or Central.
The outgoing governor of the state, Capt. Idris Wada, an Igala man from Kogi East, would come January 29, 2016 hand over to the Governor-elect, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, an Egbira man from Kogi Central.
The refusal of Hon. Faleke, an Okun man from Kogi West, to accept the outcome of the polls – he has approached the governorship election petitions tribunal to declare him governor – coupled with his threat not to present himself for swearing-in as deputy to Bello, is threatening to jeopardize the new power arrangement in the state.
In recognition of the threat posed by the refusal of the member representing Ikeja Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives to drop his agitation to succeed the All Progressives Congress candidate in the polls, late Prince Abubakar Audu, the Kogi West Elders Committee, a powerful socio-political leadership forum representing the interest of the people of Kogi West, has indicated its resolve to prevail on Faleke to reconsider his stance in the overall interest of the state.
Rising from an extra-ordinary meeting at Obajana, the industrial headquarters of Kogi West yesterday, the committee said it had accepted the outcome of the governorship poll and declared its support for Governor-elect Bello, noting he has the capacity to effect the desired change in Kogi State.
The Committee also called on political stakeholders from both Central and West to accept and abide by the decision of the APC leadership, which favours the age long agitation for power rotation in the state.
It said it would be a betrayal of the interest of the people of Kogi West and Central if the present opportunity is lost to infighting among the oppressed.
A communique signed by Chief Richard Asaje, Migbole Samuel and Mohammed Musa read in part: “That we accept the divine intervention of God for granting us the desired power shift or power rotation.
“That the West and Central senatorial districts have agreed to stand on the path of unity and hold on the two positions of governor and deputy governor bestowed on us by God.
“That we declare our solemn and total support for the governor-elect, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, and ensure his success; otherwise his failure is ours and not his”.
The high powered meeting was attended by Chief Richard Asaje, Commodore Folusho Daniel (rtd), Asiwaju Idris Asiru, Mr. Mohammed Musa and other political leaders from Kogi West.
Kogi West is made up of Lokoja, Kogi/Koto, Kabba/Bunu, Ijumu, Mopamuro, Yagba East and Yagba West Local Government Areas.