A frontline politician from Kogi state and stalwart of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), Hajia Hadiza Ibrahim, has expressed surprise over the sudden withdrawal of Hon James Faleke from the Kogi state governorship contest slated for November, 2023.
Addressing a press conference on Monday at the Nigeria Union of Journalists press center, Lokoja, she said, she only learnt of Hon Falake’s withdrawal this morning, (Monday), after she had stepped down her desire to run for the exalted position, adding that she was saddened and embarrassed by the development.
Hajia Hadiza, who described Faleke as her mentor and teacher, said the reason why she did not obtain the APC expression of interest and nomination form for the Kogi governorship primary election coming up in April, was born out of some political reasons.
“I also wish to inform you, that my ambition was born out of my genuine desire to provide a people-oriented leadership that would ensure the provision of the needed gains of democracy to our people in line with their wishes and aspiration.
” However, that desire can only be attained when it is not in conflict with my political leader, Hon. James Faleke who is my political mentor and teacher.
“Haven worked so closely with him on the political front for years, I consider it an affront to be in the same contest with him. A student cannot know more than the teacher.
However, she said the sudden withdrawal of Faleke from the race has thrown her off balance, “I don’t know what to do now, unless APC extend the collection of the nomination form.