Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello has hit back at the leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on which platform he became governor, describing allegations of anti-party activities levelled against him as frivolous and malicious. He said that it is a plot by enemies of the state to undermine the development of the state.
According to the governor, such ‘enemies’ have continued to plot one form of distraction or the other aimed at bringing the government down, vowing that they will not succeed because majority of the people in the state have decided to support his administration to turn around the fortunes of the state.
In a statement by the governor, signed by his special adviser, Media and Strategy, Mallam Abdulmalik Abdulkarim, the governor insisted that members of the APC are well represented in his administration against the background of his earlier statement that he would run an all inclusive government.”
The governor stressed that it is unfortunate that some persons see themselves as the only people fit to hold public office in the state and be in control of government, and see anything outside that as either anti-party or given another negative connotation to give the present administration a bad name.
“Before now, this administration has stressed that owing to the endemic underdevelopment in the state and the need to quickly jumpstart our economy, we are open to allowing all Kogites make inputs in this administration. We are prepared to operate an all inclusive government and move ahead with a combination of politicians and technocrats that will drive our idea of where we want to take Kogi State to.
“Any aggrieved member of the APC that is not happy with the present situation to ventilate his anger but join the new direction train that is blind to ethnic, religious and political sentiments. The recent appointment of commissioners could be seen to be an example of all inclusiveness. For instances, the commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Tim Nda Diche hailed from Bassa local government.” [myad]