By Ismail Mudashir
The replacement of the late Abubakar Audu by the All Progressives Congress (APC) will not cause any crisis in Kogi State, Senator Abdulsalami Ohiare (APC, Kogi Central) has said.
Reports from the headquarters of the APC have it that party leaders have settled for Yahaya Bello as the replacement for Audu, who died on Sunday. Bello came second in the governorship primaries of the party.
Addressing journalists yesterday, Ohiare dismissed the report that Audu’s replacement would cause crisis in the state.
“The rumour going round that there would be problem whenever the replacement of our late leader is announced is wrong because we are one in Kogi State. All the stakeholders in the state will embrace the party’s decision. As far as I am concerned, there is nothing like that. We are brothers in the state,’’ he said.
He also dispelled the report that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would defeat anybody that replaces Audu.
“There is no doubt about our party’s victory. PDP is dead, not only in Kogi State but across the country. We are very sure of victory.
“Audu is dead, but he is alive through his legacies. He wanted to return to Lugard House because he had a great interest for the state. After he was ousted out of power, he saw that all the legacies he left behind were decaying. He aspired to return in order to address the decay in Kogi State,’’ he said.
He said the late Audu was in total support of power shift in the state, adding,” He publicly said he was going to hand over to another part in order to address the power shift problem. And I know he meant it.”