Audu Faleke group shuns Bello’s reconciliation committee, sets for mass defection
…Hunkuyi, Shehu Sani, Others Dump APC In Kaduna
Members of the Audu/Faleke faction of the Kogi State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Kabba-Bunu local government area of the state have dissociated themselves from the Duro Meseko-led reconciliation committee created by the state governor, Alhaji Yahaya and also threatened mass defection.
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the party had recognized the Governor Yahaya Bello led faction of the party under the leadership of Abdullahi Bello who emerged from the congresses by Bello’s group in the state. Bello was among the state chairmen that were inaugurated by the party’s NWC in Abuja.
According to a communiqué issued at the end of their meeting, which was signed by the chairman, Samuel Meseko, and other leaders of the group, they would not be part of any reconciliation arrangement of the governor, describing it as ridiculous and laughable. They commended the steadfast stand of the leadership of Audu/Faleke political group all over Kogi state against injustice, pains and suffering the people of Bunuland and indeed Kogi state had been forced to contend with in the last three years of APC rule. They added that Duro Meseko is their son, and leading figure in the Audu/Faleke political family in Kogi state but that he did not inform them of whatever decision reached at any level to reconcile them with any group.
Meanwhile, members of Akida and Restoration groups of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Kaduna State yesterday announced their withdrawal from the party. Chairman of the Akida group, Matamaiki Tom-Maiyashi announced the decision of the two groups at a press conference in Kaduna.
He said they left because the APC was not ready to accommodate alternative opinions or allow democracy take its course in the conduct of party affairs. Prominent members of the two groups include Senators Shehu Sani (APC Kaduna Centra) and Suleiman Hunkuyi (APC Kaduna North), Tijjani Ramalan, owner of Liberty Radio and Television stations, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed among others. He criticised the party, saying it had failed the millions of people who labored to put it and who expected genuine change.