Simon Achuba from Ibaji LGA of Kogi EastÂ has been sworn in as the Deputy Governor ofÂ Kogi state after beingÂ screened and confirmed by the Kogi State House of Assembly. Achubaâ€™s confirmation followed Governor Belloâ€™s letter to the Assembly seeking the confirmation of Achuba as his deputy.Â According to reports, journalists werenâ€™t allowed in to the venue of the swearing in because according to the armed security guards, the Governor Bello said it wasnâ€™t a public function.
Hon. Simon AchuÂba has now been appointed as the new
deputy governor of KogiÂ state by Governor Yahaya
In a letter to the House of AsÂsembly, Governor Bello asked the lawmakers to confirm Hon. AchuÂba as his deputy following the vacÂuum created by the refusal of Hon. James Faleke, the running mate to the late Prince Abubakar Audu, to accept the office.
Faleke was the running mate to the late Audu in an election that
was inconclusive following the death of Audu in that election.
The House of Representatives member (Faleke), who was touted to step in with Bello as the depuÂty, declined on the ground that he was rather the one to be sworn in as governor following the death of his boss and not Bello.
However, the All Progressives Congress (APC) after an extenÂsive attempt to convince Faleke into accepting the deputy goverÂnorship slot went ahead and inauÂgurated the administration of BelÂlo on January 27th, 2016 without a deputy governor, the first in Nigeriaâ€™s conÂtemporary politics.
Since Bello assumed office a fortnight ago, the state had been without a deputy governor, a deÂvelopment that had generated inÂtense debate in the public square.
The apÂpointment of Hon Achuba by Governor Bello is an attempt to placate the Igala nation which had hitherto been outraged by the death of Prince Audu. MoreÂso, the Igala people of the state had since its creation ruled Kogi, a poÂsition it was not willing to relinÂquish, which had generated bad blood among the various ethnic groups in the state.
A copy of the letter written by Bello reads: â€œIn line with the proÂvision of Section 186 of the ConÂstitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999) as amended, I have the pleasure to forward herewith, the name of Hon. Simon Achuba for approval of appointment as the deputy governor of Kogi State.
â€œHon. Achuba (JP) hails from Ibaji Local Government Area of Kogi State and was a two-time honourable member of the state House of Assembly from 1999 to 2007 where he was Deputy-SpeakÂer during his second tenure.
â€œIn view of the above, it will be highly appreciated if the request is treated and approved with utmost speed to pave way for his assumpÂtion of office,â€ Bello said.