The All Progressives Congress (APC) has denied the report that Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has tactically withdrawn his support for the party’s presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The APC in a statement on Sunday, January 22, 2023, signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka, described the report as ‘fake news.’
Reports in some media outlets claimed that the Kogi governor may have dumped the Tinubu campaign.
The report said the National Youth Coordinator of the Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Council’s action could have been informed by the permutations in the North-Central state ahead of November governorship election.
The report noted that Bello has allegedly withdrawn from supporting the presidential candidate of the party, Bola Tinubu because the lawmaker representing Ikeja Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, James Faleke, may contest for the governorship ticket of the party.
But reacting to the development, the National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka labelled the speculations “maliciously false and a figment of the imagination of its author and sponsors.”
Morka said Bello, who serves as the National Youth Coordinator of the PCC is a solid, resourceful and committed campaigner” for Tinubu.
The spokesman noted that “the fake news” seeks to float a rift between Bello and Hon. James Faleke, secretary of the APC PCC.
“It is the desperate and disgraceful conjecture of opposition elements unsettled by our Party’s giant campaign strides.
“Both loyal party men are unquestionably committed and working tirelessly for the resounding victory of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in next month’s presidential election,” Morka added.
Faleke is reportedly Tinubu’s choice for the Kogi APC ticket, while Bello reportedly favours incumbent deputy Edward Onoja.