While the All Progressives Congress (APC) gets ready to select the candidate that will serve as a replacement for the late Abubakar Audu, its governorship candidate who died last Saturday during the election, reports say there are strong evidences that the late candidate’s campaign organisation is considering picking his son Mohammed as his replacement. The campaign organisation of the late Alhaji Abubakar Audu is said to be mounting pressing on the leadership of APC to allow the son of the deceased replace him.
After APC’s declaration that they would select another candidate by having another primary, members of the group allegedly met on Tuesday according to the Punch reports and made a different plan.
According to the leader of APC in Kogi state, the organisation’s basic view was to include Mohammed in the race to lead Kogi state by adding him to the party’s governorship primary. A handful of members of the organization according to reports have suggested that Audu’s running mate in last Saturday’s election, James Faleke, should also contest the primary. APC leaders also revealed that anybody who does not win the support of Audu’s supporters would not triumph in the primaries of the APC especially for the fact that before the late candidate’s demise, Audu was leading his co-contender, Idris Wada with over 41,353.
According to the source:
“Abubakar Audu’s supporters, including his campaign structure, are rooting for either Audu’s son, Mohammed, or James Faleke for them not to lose out entirely. They are narrowing it to either Faleke or Mohammed because the APC machinery believes that the election has been won. But the party elders and leaders, who worked for him, will be more comfortable with Mohammed”.
But over four people are already struggling for the governorship ticket in the supplementary election set for December 5th including Faleke, Jubrin Echocho, Salihu Atawodi and Yahaya Bello, a former PDP governorship aspirant .
Meanwhile, a group of young people in Kogi state under the aegis of Kogi Youth Vanguard, marched angrily to the APC headquarters yesterday to ask for Faleke to be granted the mandate to become the party’s candidate in the supplementary election.
Do you think his son should lead Kogi state? Well, it sounds to me like they want to turn the Kogi governorship election into a family business.