Breaking: Kogi governor swears in Simon Achuba as new deputy governor

New Kogi State deputy governor, Simon Achuba and Governor Yahaya Bello

Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has sworn in Simon Achuba on Tuesday, as the Deputy Governor.

Achuba filled the vacuum left by Mr James Faleke following his refusal to be sworn in as Governor Yahaya Bello’s deputy.

Mr Achuba, a former Deputy Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly had last year defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

It would be recalled that Mr Faleke, was deputy governorship candidate to Abubakar Audu, who died a day after the governorship election.

After the election was declared inconclusive, with a supplementary election scheduled for a later date, the APC was asked to substitute the late candidate, but Mr Faleke insisted that he should be the next in line for the position.


After the party was mandated to replace late Audu, it chose Mr Bello as the substitute, a decision that angered Mr Faleke, who subsequently refused to be Mr Bello’s deputy.

Supplementary election was held and the APC won the governorship seat, with the position of the deputy still vacant.

Contesting the results of the election, Mr Faleke filed a petition at the State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal to push his claims to the governorship position.

He is challenging the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in declaring the election of November 21 inclusive.

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