The running mate of Kogi State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate Prince Abubakar Audu and member representing Ikeja/Ojodu Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. James Abiodun Faleke on Monday said that his emergence was solely Audu’s making.
Addressing newsmen at his country home in Ekirin-Adde, Ijumu local government, the Kogi APC governorship running mate and two times chairman of Ojodu Local Council Development Area of Lagos State debunked insinuations that his emergence was influenced by APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
He asserted that his choice by Audu as running mate has helped in dousing tension and uniting Kogi APC ahead of the November 21 governorship poll. He expressed regret that Kogi under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suffered colossal setback beginning from the time Audu left office in 2003.
He said that all the visible infrastructure and social amenities still standing in Kogi are traceable to Audu’s administration, noting that the APC when it comes to power would return Kogi State on the path of progress and development.
He said: “The assertion that Tinubu imposed me on the people is not true, it is erroneous. Prince Abubakar Audu said he needed a neutral person as against picking from among the contestants to cause disaffection. He called me and I accepted.
“I accepted to join Prince Abubaka Audu for development and to lift Kogi State from the mess it is facing today. ”
Faleke admonished people attributing all that happen around the country to Tinubu to desist from doing so but rather should see Nigeria as one indivisible entity.
“Yes Tinubu is my political father and my biological father I dare say. Accepting me without asking where my parents are from, was key.
“Over the years, I represented his constituency at the federal level without any form of interference”.