Kogi: Why We Couldn’t Choose Audu’s Son As His Replacement- APC

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The National Chairman of the All
Progressives Congress, APC, John Odigie-Oyegun has explained that the party
decided to pick Yahaya Bello, the current governor-elect to replace late
Abubakar Audu in order to avoid “legal pitfalls”.
Speaking during a reconciliatory
meeting with all relevant APC groups from Kogi east district on Thursday in
Abuja, Mr. Odigie-Oyegun said the party took the decision knowing that some
persons might feel offended but quickly added that the decision was taken in
the best interest “of a group that was on the doorstep of victory”.
“So in the circumstance, we did
what we interpreted legally as the best way out of the jam we were in, always
having our eyes on the Peoples Democratic Party and what they may likely bring
up in court,” he said.

“INEC asked us to replace the late
Prince Abubakar Audu, good! Which one can we defend better if they go to court.
That was the basis of our decision. But of course it created understandable
anguish.
Kogi east is where the late Audu
came from and they had produced governors in the state in every democratic
dispensation since the state was created.
Many party stalwarts in the area
had wanted the party to be led by the son of the late Mr. Audu, Mohammed, to
replace his father as a form of compensation.
“So what we are trying to do is to
say we know you are badly bruised, we hope tempers are cooling down. We hope we
can now talk about the next steps that will restore some semblance of normalcy
all over Kogi state.
“In politics everybody works for
his own inheritance. It is not passed on from father to child. Of course the
father can help the child no question about that. The child can benefit from
the father’s influence, personality and the rest. But he has to earn it.
Politics is not an inheritance,” the APC chairman told the group.
The delegation to the meeting was
led by the Kogi state APC Chairman, Haddy Amefuo, as well as some Kogi East
political leaders.
The APC chairman assured the late
Audu political family that they would play important roles in the political
arrangements in Kogi state.
Premium Times gathered that a
meeting between the APC leadership and “core” members of the late Audu
political family would hold soon.
We also learnt that those expected
to attend that meeting are Daniel Isah, Director General, Abubakar Audu
Campaign Organisation and zonal Vice Chairman of the APC; Mohammed Audu, son of
the late candidate; former Minister, Humphrey Abbah; amongst others.

Kogi state APC Chairman, Haddy
Amefuo in a short remark after the meeting said the leaders from the zone has
decided to stand by the decision of the party’s leadership and close ranks.

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