APC Says PDP Should Apologize to People of the State
Bayo Oyewale, Lokoja
Kogi State Chapter of the Ppeople’s Democratic Party (PDP) has calls on INEC to investigate the early campaign by Governor Yahaya Bello and the APC in the State .
Just as the Party it call on the EFCC to probe into the alleged spending of N2billion by the governor to organize a wasteful rally, when the governor cannot pay workers salaries, with infrastructure development lacking in the past two years of Gov Bello’s, since his assumption as appointed Governor.
The PDP Kogi State has also carpeted the State governor, Alhaji Yahaya Hello over the mega rally oganised at weekend, describing it as a colossal waste of the state frugal resources.
It alleged that the rally was said to have cost the state N2bn at a time when salaries and pensions hangover are in the region of 22 months, was wicked, callous, inhuman and insensitive to the plight of Kogites.
“This rally has shown clearly that Governor Yahaya Bello lacks the fear of God and does not understand the basic dynamics of governing a state
“Bello’s spending of a whooping N2billion tax payers fund to organise a rally that is of no significance to the lives and well-being of Kogi People is disheartening and a glaring show of man’s inhumanity against man”,the statement.
This was contained in a statement signed by Achadu Dickson, the PDP Director Research and Documentation, wondered why Gov Bello, would dole out N750, 000 per unit in mobilization, while council administrators were also directed to mobilize 500 persons at N5000 per person when INEC has not announced the commencement of political activities.
The Party also described the purchase of Vehicles, by the Governor, using tax payers money to distribute and fund an illegal State executive, an action the National APC has already described as wrongfully constituted, as wickedness of the highest order when salaries of some workers in the state is still being owed in arrears of some cases twenty two months.
The PDP says it sympathises with Kogi State people over the hardship they are currently facing under the present administration, but assured that it would only be for awhile, as his actions are those of a drowning man.
The party said it is worrisome that a governor who is planning to sell off state assets to fund 2018 budget could hire a private jet for the APC National Chairman, to attend the cash and carry jamboree in Kogi State.
The PDP further accused the governor of diverting two months Local Government Council allocation for the months of January and February 2018 to fund the jamboree in Lokoja at the expense of workers’ emoluments.
The PDP stressed that Governor Bello would certainly account for all the several billions he has collected on behalf of people of the state, as judgment day is soon to catch up with him.
In a swift reaction,the Director General on Media and Publicity, Kingsely Fanwo stated that APC won the 2015 general elections in a landslide when the PDP was in power.
He explained that the Kogi Youth Arise Group, championed by the current Governor of the State mobilized the youth to vote massively for President Muhammadu Buhari without state funds.
“What PDP is afraid of telling the world is that they have lost the State forever. Governor Yahaya Bello has cleared all doubts.
We had over 100,000 people who couldn’t even access the Stadium. PDP should just nurse their losses and stop blaming others for their woes.
“APC doesn’t need money to bring its members together. Truly believe in our ideological identity and also have confidence in the Governor who is the leader of the party in the state.
“The issue of rented crowd is an insult to the pride of the Kogi people. We are people with dignity and not tubers of yam that could be bought.
The Saturday Rally was the final burial of the hope of PDP to come back to Lugard House. They have lost all their polar powers to the APC and in expressing their bitterness, have resorted to insulting the people of Kogi State.
“PDP should apologize to Kogi people and move on to play the role of an opposition. Unfortunately, their form of opposition is lazy, uncoordinated and disingenuous.
“They have been affected by the Arms Deal billions that are no more flowing. APC has come to stay in Kogi State. The people are wiser now. They are no more taken in by cheap blackmail and lazy propaganda.
“We didn’t campaign. We brought our people together to play an important role of inviting President Muhammadu Buhari to continue beyond 2019. When he accepts our clarion call, we shall follow INEC’s guidelines on campaign”, he stated.