DSS Invites Faleke, Audu


Tension is brewing in Kogi, the “Conference State” as James Abiodun Faleke and Mohammed, son to the late Abubakar Audu are said to have been invited by operatives of the Directorate of State Security in Abuja, Saturday.

Supporters of the two politicians were apprehensive and worried on the fate of their principals. There are speculations as why they are been invited.

The Director, Media and Publicity of Audu/Faleke Campaign Organisation, Duro Meseko, said in a statement on Saturday that the duo arrived the SSS headquarters in Abuja at exactly 10.00am and were kept in an office with assurances that an officer would attend to them only to keep them indefinitely.

 Meseko said the two politicians were kept in an isolated office till 4p.m on Saturday evening.

He said, “I’m surprised my Principal and the eldest son of our political leader, Mohammed are still being kept as I speak with you which is 4pm. What could be responsible for this ill treatment by the SSS?

“Or could they be acting the intimidation script? Trying to arms-twist them into abandoning the sacred mandate freely given to the Audu/Faleke team by the generality of Kogi people?

“Let me make it abundantly clear that our mandate is sacred and no amount of of technical detention, intimidation and harassment would shake our resolve to get justice through the judiciary.‎

“I refuse to believe that the presidency has hands in the arrest! But we may not rule out the fact that the power that be must have wielded their influence in the arrest, but we are not not pertubed over the development, because we believe that God ultimately vindicate us”, he stated.

James Abiodun Faleke, a second-term House of Representatives member was the running mate to the late Prince Abubakar Audu. Prince Audu died before the governorship election was concluded in the state.

In view of the legal vacuity of the scenario, Faleke has been consistently affirming that he was the right owner of the mandate given to him and the late Prince Abubakar Audu. He argued that the election of November 21, 2015 was concluded and that a winner had emerged.

But contrary to Faleke’s position, the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress presented Alhaji Yahaya Bello to INEC as replacement to the late Prince Abubakar Audu on the strength that he came second in the party’s governorship primaries.

Faleke disagreed and dragged INEC to a Federal High Court in Abuja with the hope of stopping the supplementary poll in the state.

Having emerged the Governor-Elect, all efforts by Alhaji Yahaya Bello to woo Hon. Faleke to his side has proven abortive, as the latter has gone to the Election Petitions Tribunal to challenge the victory of Bello.

Also, it was alleged that many support groups in the state are threatening violence if Faleke was not declared winner of the election, a situation which might have prompted the DSS to invite him for questioning as the January 27 inauguration date draws by.

A informed source said that the Member of the House of Representatives arrived at the Headquarters of the security organization this morning and has not been released as at the time of filing this report.

Hon. Meseko said he was yet to come to terms with the invitation at what he called, “a critical period in the struggle for the Lugard House through constitutional means”.

He said Hon. Faleke is a staunch believer in the rule of law and has decided to pursue his case through legal means. He expressed confidence in the non-partisanship of the DSS.

When contacted, the image-maker of the DSS refused to answer several calls made to confirm the rationale behind the arrest. But a source within the organization confirmed the invitation.

He said the invitation was unconnected with the upcoming governorship inauguration in the state on January 27.


Author: News Editor

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