Tension as APC Governor shows signs of defection to PDP


17 Apr 2016

Tension as APC Governor shows signs of defection to PDP

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The Kogi State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has on Saturday, April 16, confirmed that it has passed a vote of no confidence on the State Governor, Yahaya Bello, over unholy romance with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Bello, who is a right hand man to President Muhammadu Buhari, was accused of sidelining members of the state executive council and other organs of the party in the affairs of the state.

In a letter addressed to the National Chairman of the APC, John Odigie-Oyegun and signed by all the 34 members of the state executive council, the Kogi APC accused Bello of failing to appoint even a single card carrying member of the APC, saying “all the 45 appointments made so far by His Excellency Gov. Yahaya Bello are given to the PDP”.

This came against the backdrop of the current leadership crisis engulfing the State House of Assembly, with two members claiming the office of Speaker.

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Moreover, the APC executives accused Bello of being the source of the crisis in the House.

Part of their request to the national leadership of the party was that Bello should not be allowed to have a hand in producing the next ministerial nominee from the state to replace the late James Ocholi, who died recently in a road accident along Abuja/ Kaduna ‎expressway.

The party chieftains advised the national secretariat and the presidency to work with the state party leaders in appointing a replacement.

When contacted, the Kogi state APC publicity secretary, Ghali Usman, confirmed the decision taken.

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He said the only time the state executives met with Bello, “was before his inauguration when he went to collect his certificate of return”.

He however, added that “since then we have no idea of what is happening in the administration.

“The governor asked us to submit all we need before his inauguration which we did in writing, but he has since ignored our list and continued to appoint PDP people”.

The Executive members also accused Bello of working with the opposition PDP in the recent re-run elections in the state.

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“An APC governor who supported the PDP in the last re-run election making us to lose two senators, one House of Reps and two House of Assembly members. An APC governor who has not deemed it fit to appoint a single APC member in his cabinet and board, an APC Governor who openly relates with PDP Local Government Chairmen and leaders and abandons his party men, is not our best dream project,” they said.

In his reaction, Governor Bello said members of the party executive in the state were resisting the change he was bringing to the state.

Speaking through his spokesperson, Kingsley Fanwo, on Saturday, Bello said his administration was “not unaware of some political chess play among members of the state executive committee of the party in the state.”

He said the circumstances that brought the governor to office were “surely unusual. Therefore, unusual reactions are expected”.

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Fanwo, said whatever might be going on within the state executive council “is surely a contagious effect from the politics of interest within the party leaders in the state.

“We expect the state executive committee of the party to keep working with the leadership revolution that is reshaping the state to ensure rapid development,” he said.

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News Source: Post-Nigeria, 9jaTales

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