James Faleke, deputy governorship candidate in the November 21, 2015, election in Kogi state, has said he never reconciled with the leadership of the state, adding that there could be no reconciliation without justice.
He spoke in Ogonicha, Ofu Local Government, at the one-year remembrance for the late governorship candidate, Prince Abubakar Audu, as he dashed hopes of reconciliation in the Kogi State All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to him, the logjam in the Kogi APC cannot be easily resolved considering the manner the national leadership handled the issue after Audu’s death.
His words: “There can never be any reconciliation in a situation where somebody works and someone else collects the salary. Reconciliation can only happen if the salary is returned; that is the only reconciliation.
“We are prepared to go hungry for the next four years, but I can tell you that God sparing our lives, the song will change surely.
On the crisis rocking the state’s APC, Faleke said: “Every right-thinking person knows that it was a fallout of how the national secretariat handled the crisis after Audu’s death.”
He noted that the development affected the state party and its fortune nosedived.
“The architects of the crisis in Kogi State started the imminent downfall of our party. The way and manner the issue of Kogi was handled was least expected of a political party. I have heard that one of the cabals said APC was just a gathering of some people, not yet a political party.
“I want to say that as far as what happened in Kogi State is concerned, and how it is affecting the party, I am sure those in government can confirm that all is not well within the party. This is because when you work and some people reap the fruits of your labour, they will know that all cannot be well and that is why they are not getting their feet right.
“It is one year after Audu’s death and nothing seems to be moving, it has taken the state more than seven to eight months to screen and pay salaries, people have died on queue waiting for verification and those that had been screened have not been paid since January.
“You can imagine that certainly things are bad, we know how much we spend to maintain our people.
“This party was formed by us, we contributed to it, it is not an animal farm, it belongs to everybody and until they realise that, this party will not move forward. If our people get paid, if our people are empowered and entrenched, I am sure the songs will change, but as it is now, it is a bad song.”