Following the refusal of Hon. James Faleke to be running mate to the Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, the governor has finally appointed Hon. Simon Achuba as his deputy.
Achuba, a former deputy speaker of the state House of Assembly, was a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) before he defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) few weeks to state governorship election.
THISDAY reliably gathered yesterday that the governor has sent his name to the state assembly for confirmation next Wednesday when the assembly would sit.
Forwarding of the name of Achuba to the state assembly brings to rest the insinuation in some parts of the state that some people were jostling for the number two position as the governor was yet to choose one out of them since he has the prerogative to appoint somebody he can work with.
Bello replaced Prince Abubakar Audu following his demise. Faleke, the running mate of the late Audu, kicked against his emergence, saying he was the right person to take over the government, since they were leading in the votes counted before it was declared inconclusive by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
As a result of these, Faleke refused to accept the position of a running mate to Bello for the supplementary election.
He dragged INEC and Bello before a Federal High Court in Abuja in an attempt to stop the supplementary election, asking the court to declare him winner of the governorship election, but he lost the case. Not satisfied, Faleke forwarded his case before governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Lokoja, asking the tribunal to declare him winner of the last governorship election.