There is tension in the national secretariat of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Abuja following a seriois fracas between supporters of Yahaya Bello and Hon. James Faleke.
Both have serious interest in the Kogi State election and are agitating to replace the former governorship candidate of the party, late Prince Abubakar Audu.
While Bello who was the second runner-up in the primary election that featured Audu as candidate have been endorsed by the party and INEC for the replacement, Faleke, Audu’s former running mate in the November 21 inconclusive election is asking the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the APC to declare him both the standard candidate and Governor-Elect.
Meanwhile, INEC has fixed December 5 for the supplementary polls.
The situation has consequently boxed the APC to a corner but the party scheduled a meeting of all its relevant stakeholders in the election today to resolve the impasse and at the moment, the meeting is ongoing.
Bello had earlier entered for the meeting followed shortly by Hon. Faleke.
Governor Nasir El-rufai of Kaduna State and Senator Dino Melaye are also in the meeting.
Meanwhile, the supporters of both contenders mainly “jobless” youths had a fleeting clash of strength at the party secretariat – throwing stones, clubs and sticks as they chanted the names of the contenders respectively to show their preference.
The unhealthy development created fear in most people around the APC vicinity.
It took a reinforcement of stern-looking policemen to chase the restive youths away, thereby restoring sanity.
The meeting is still ongoing as at the time of this report.