Editor’s note: The death of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Kogi state Abubakar Audu has caused a lot of rumours.
Michael Effiong, the editor for Ovation magazine and The Boss newspaper, shares his views on why the stories are spreading that Bola Tinubu has a hand in Audu’s death.
Faleke is believed to enjoy the backing of Tinubu
Those plotting to benefit from the death of Prince Abubakar Audu, the All Progressives Congress candidate in last Saturday’s Kogi state gubernatorial elections are spreading dangerous rumours about APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The talebearers are looking for an opportunity to shoot down the possibility of Hon. James Abiodun Faleke becoming the substantive governor if INEC decides to conclude the Kogi elections that was declared inconclusive.
When the rumour began to make the rounds yesterday, some took it hook, line and sinker, others dismissed it without a thought- and their gut feeling has been confirmed with the news that the story linking Tinubu to the death of Prince Abubakar was a baseless lie.
Okorocha’s involvement in rumours
The man who was quoted as making the statement, Governor of Imo state, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has now denied the said story which emanated from a Facebook posting, describing it as untrue, mischievous and malicious.
It is not the first time that the mythic rumours would be woven around the name of Asiwaju Tinubu, fondly called the Jagaban. In his own condolence message, Tinubu had stated: “There is no more shocking and sorrowful news than the sudden death of Prince Abubakar Audu. he died before his time. I am greatly saddened.”
The man who may become new governor of Kogi state
The man who is at the centre of the Kogi storm, Hon. James Abiodun Faleke was born on December 25, 1959 and is a native of Ekinrin Adde, in Ijumu local government area of Kogi state.
He had his secondary education at Abdulazeez Atta Memorial College, from where he proceeded to Kaduna Polytechnic for his HND in Purchasing & Supply. He graduated in 1986, winning the Best Student Award.
He did his mandatory National Youth Service Scheme (NYSC) in Lagos in 1986/87 at the National Orthopaedic Hospital in Igbobi. He also holds an MBA in Management from Imo State University.
Before moving up the political ladder to become a Member of the Federal House of Representatives (representing Ikeja Federal Constituency 2), he was the Chairman of Ojodu LCDA, in Ikeja, Lagos-and now may just be the new Governor of Kogi state.
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