The deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in November 21, 2015 governorship election in Kogi State, James Faleke, and Mohammed Audu, son of late Abubakar Audu, the APC governorship candidate, were on Saturday invited and unofficially detained by the Department of State Services (DSS) for undisclosed reason.
According to Duro Meseko, Director, Media and Publicity of Audu/Faleke Campaign Organisation, the duo arrived the DSS headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital at 10:00am and were kept in an office with assurances that an officer would attend to them only to keep them indefinitely.
Meseko claimed that the two politicians were kept in an isolated office till 4:00 p.m on Saturday evening.
“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 4:00pm. 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 pertubed over the development, because we believe that God will ultimately vindicate us.”
Shortly after Audu’s death, Faleke approached the court arguing that since he was running mate to the late Audu, he deserves to run as the candidate of his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC.
INEC had stated that APC had the powers to choose a candidate to replace Audu because it was the party process that produced the late Audu as its candidate.
Yahaya Bello who finished behind Audu in the primaries was picked by the party as his replacement.
After the court verdict, Faleke said he would not be available for his swearing in on January 27, prompting his party, APC, to say that they will replace Faleke if need be.