Controversies trail the death of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate Abubakar Audu.
Some sources suggest that Audu was actually poisoned. He was rushed to the hospital and constantly vomiting blood which he then passed out and died.
It is reported that Audu’s poisoning was pre-planned in order to impose Tinubu’s boy James Abiodun Faleke from Okun-Yoruba – Abubakar Audu’s running mate – on Kogi.
Though from Kogi, Faleke was a member of the House of Representatives, representing Ikeja Federal Constituency, Lagos.
Some are citing the 1999 situation where Obasanjo picked Atiku Abubakar as his VP after Atiku won the Adamawa polls. While Atiku was yet to be inaugurated, his running mate Boni Haruna climbed into the governor seat.
The allegation was made by Rochas Okorocha, special adviser on inter-party affairs to former president Olusegun Obasanjo and Governor of Imo State. He has reportedly claimed that the national leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is among others who killed the Kogi state governorship candidate.
However, special assistant to the Imo state governor on information and communications technology Ik Ogbonna denied what he called “tale full of thrash.”
The statement reads in part: “The story which is written in poor English purported that Gov Rochas Okorocha, the Chairman of Progressive Governors Forum gave an interview where he accused Tinubu of being behind the death of Kogi state APC candidate, late Prince Abubakar Audu.
“Firstly Gov Rochas Okorocha spent the better part of yesterday, Sunday 22nd November, 2015 till about 7 pm chairing a stakeholders forum of South-East Leaders and returned to Owerri same night, it is bewildering where and when he gave the interview which thrended same night on social media?
“Secondly, Prince Abubakar Audu is not yet a member of APC Governors Forum and Okorocha could not have granted the interview on that score.
“The family of Prince Abubakar Audu has not blamed anyone for the death of their son neither is Gov Okorocha a member of the Audu family.
“The story was written as an interview Governor Okorocha granted yet no medium was mentioned. Can one grant interview to thin air?
“The purported interview is a wicked machination of people who are envious of the towering profile of Gov Rochas Okorocha and aim at bringing him at loggerheads with leaders of the Party especially Sen Bola Tinubu, a former Governor of Lagos State and a man Gov Okorocha holds in very high esteem.
“It is also remarkable that the story has no source but emanated from the Facebook wall of a PDP apologist who must have been paid by her handlers to cause disaffection within APC family.”