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‘Gov Bello should stop blaming PDP for his Cluelessness’

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‘Gov Bello should stop blaming PDP for his Cluelessness’

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi State has told the Kogi State government to stop hiding under the trick of blame game and pay the backlog of salaries owed workers in the state.

The party in a statement issued in Lokoja recently by its Director of Research and Documentation, Dickson Achadu, said it was taken aback to see a Government that came to power with the promise to do better but continue to blame it’s predecessor for its Cluelessness after two years and half into its administration

This was coming against the backdop that the governor and his men have resorted to blaming and maligning the past PDP governors as being responsible for their inability to pay workers.

The PDP alleged that the government and its agents “Particularly overburdened by its sordid performance”, had deployed “falsehood and character assassination in an attempt to secure dubious public sympathy”.
The party described as a deliberate ploy to employ despicable tools of falsehood and character assassination to woo the electorate.

It said the recent attempt by the governor’s spokesman, Kingsley Fanwo to justify the non-payment of salary in the state on the alibi of inherited debts only “ended up playing the ostrich.”

“First, it was ghost workers that over bloated the wage bill, then came the longest screening and staff verification exercise in the history of any people and now inherited debts!

“This government should halt the charade, stop maligning the hard earned reputation of others and face up to its duties.

“Kogi people who are owed between 4 – 27 months are wailing and tired of excuses. The Bello’s administration should start thinking of how to account for the bailout funds, balance of the 20bn bond, ecological funds, Paris Club refunds, federal project refunds and the monthly allocations it had frittered away in loose living.

“Its death knell is close. Our great party the PDP and its two illustrious former governors cannot be intimidated. The mission to rescue fatherland is a task that must be accomplished.

“We sympathize with the hard working and good people of Kogi State and urge them to read between the lines and get their PVCs ready. For the clueless administration in Lugard House, defeat is imminent”, the statement said in part.

The party while detailing the various projects executed by the past two PDP administrations in the state, challenged the APC-led government to show its scorecard in terms of completed projects over the last two years.

Continuing the PDP said,

“Worried by the massive mobilization going on in the opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP, In the last One week or so, officials of the state government have been on auto drive junketing round in a new frenzy to out-lie one another and shift the blame for their woes on the opposition.”

The party was particularly irked by the statement credited to the Edward Onoja, Chief of Staff to the Governor accusing Two former Governors of the State, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris and Capt Idris Wada claimed that in the 13 years, the men were in power, Government House was like ‘a place where pigs and dogs lived.’ He also claimed Lokoja roads were full of potholes and its streets bereft of light.
He then called the Two elder-statesmen ‘shameless old men’ and used other indecent adjectives to qualify them.
Achadu also expressed disappointment with the statement credited to the Director General Media and Publicity to the Governor, Kingsley Fanwo disparaging the two former Governors as he shifted the blame of Yahaya Bello administration inability to pay salaries as and when due on his predecessors alleging that the last two administrations took several loans which Governor Bello is currently servicing to the tune of between 400m to 600m Naira monthly being deducted from source to service the loans, leaving the State with little or nothing to pay salaries.
The party said that “such is the desperation with which the collective psyche of our people have been assaulted by men who at best have behaved like vagabond in power.
He said that the periods referred to by the two foot-soldiers of Governor Yahaya Bello still represent the golden era in the state’s development.
“Onoja was either too much in a hurry to rewrite our history or may have spoken under the influence of substance abuse. All the dual carriage roads and some others were constructed by the PDP Governors mainly from the scratch. The dual carriage ways also came completed with state of the art street lights. It smacks of hypocrisy and ineptitude for a government, no matter how indolent, to boast of filling ‘potholes’ and ‘changing street lights’ as its biggest achievements.” He said.

According to him, “Yahaya Bello’s inability or unwillingness to meet its financial obligations to workers and contractors is legendary. Each time the government makes an attempt to explain it away, it comes off worse and more laughable.
He said that ” it is on record that Alhaji Ibrahim Idris supervised one of the most thorough and prudent administration’s in the history of Kogi State. The administration’s human capital package was superb. For the Nine years he was in the saddle he cleared Three months salary. arrears which he inherited, paid salaries, impress, leave bonuses and other emoluments as and when due, and was the first to implement the N18,000 minimum wage in the North. The administration also paid bursary WAEC/NECO examination fees for all eligible students even as it did not default in its responsibilities to contractors. The greater Lokoja water scheme, International Market, Specialist Hospital, Confluence Stadium, State Secretariat Phase II housing estates and others too numerous to mention still set the Ibro years aside. It is worthy of note that Alhaji Ibrahim Idris, did not obtain any foreign or bank loans and could not have bequeathed any. We challenge Fanwo to furnish the public with any contrary details or issue an apology to the former governor.”Achadu stated.
He said that “Capt. Wada changed the face of government business in the state. On coming to office, the then Governor made it clear he was going to continue and complete all inherited projects. He kept faith with that declaration to the letters. He also prioritized staff welfare and accountability. In order to rapidly develop infrastructure, the administration obtained a N20bn facility from the capital market. It is instructive that the government got the first trench of N5b and a second trench of N3bn before its exit in January 2016. Every kobo of the money was invested in Eight Legacy projects. They were Kogi House (a 12-story edifice in Abuja); Remodeled and redesigned Kogi Hotels; 500 units Bond Estate; Millennium Park; 16 km Ganaja-Otokiti bye-pass; rehabilitation and expansion of Welcome to Lokoja/ Barracks/ IBB Way/ International Market road. All the projects were progressing with engineers on site until the last day of the Wada administration. If any of the projects have been abandoned (as it has happened) then certainly not the former, but the current governor who has visited such cruel fate on the them and the state at large.
Responding,the Director General, Media and public to the Governor, Kingsley Fanwo said
PDP is a dead party in Kogi State and cannot use our dynamic and focused Administration for their foreclosed resurrection.
He said that Governor Yahaya Bello was not elected to respond to a group of idle political jobbers who mismanaged our state for 13 years.
“He was employed to serve the people of the state and reposition the state to serve its citizens and ensure good and beneficial governance.
The leaders drew the State backwards and now, they have resorted to propaganda to drag the current administration into their terrain.
What the administration of Alh. Yahaya Bello has achieved in 3 years have surpassed all they achieved in 13 years.’he said
According to him,” our achievements are visible in agriculture where we have opened up more opportunities in Omi, Osara, Ibaji and many other locations across the state for thousands of youth to have a rewarding career in agriculture. Through Healthcare Plus, we have been able to crash the cost of healthcare delivery to enable our citizens access quality healthcare at no or low cost.
Our hospitals have received great attention as well as health training institutions. Even the Minister of Health has come here to appreciate what we have done to drag down maternal mortality as well as being the first state in the nation to have Lassa Centre.

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Zamfara Bye-election: 2 persons feared dead in Bloody clashes among rival thugs

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Zamfara Bye-election: 2 persons feared dead in Bloody clashes among rival thugs

Clashes between rival political thugs have left 2 people dead in Zanfara ahead of the by-election tomorrow
The police imposed a 24-hour curfew in Bakura and Talata Mafara LGAs after two persons were killed and several others injured
The thugs also destroyed several vehicles and billboards in the areas.
The Assistant Inspector-General of Police in Charge of Zone 10, Mustapha Muhammad, said the curfew was to avoid breakdown of law and order.

There has been tension in the state as two leading candidates of the opposition All Progressives Congress and the ruling People’s Democratic Party ended campaigns yesterday at the same time.
The contest is mainly between APC’s Bello Dankande Gamji and PDP’s  Tukur Ibrahim Tudu though 12 candidates of other parties are also in the race.
The PDP had earlier alleged that the APC was planning to disrupt the election by arming thugs; the allegation which the latter dismissed.

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Lamido asks Buhari to beg God for mercy for failing

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Lamido asks Buhari to beg God for mercy for failing

Having failed Nigerians on his campaign promises, President Muhammadu Buhari should be sober with a contrite heart by returning to God to beg for mercy, former Jigawa state governor, Sule Lamido has said.


The former governor was speaking against the backdrop of the recent gruesome killing of 43 farmers by Boko Haram terrorists and bandits in some parts of the North.

Lamido who was monitored on the BBC Hausa service in Abuja said Buhari should drop his ego by seeking God’s forgiveness.
“There is no way a government can continue successfully without sabotage but you need to be strong enough to overcome such challenges. If really, he cannot withstand this he has to resign, but we can’t be accepting sabotage as a reason.

“He has failed totally, if not that he failed how will he allow some people to slaughter 43 people? How will he allow bandits to raid villages and set them on fire and rape their women? Definitely something is wrong somewhere,” he said.

On the future of the country, Sule Lamido said, “Allah is merciful to his servants we hope our prayers will be answered, but Buhari has to go fisrt. He should ask himself that what offences has he done to Allah. He need to wake up in the mid night, drop his arrogance and pray. He should ask for Allah’s forgiveness on the offences he has committed.

“He is arrogant and always speaking with pride. Many people have said it and we have seen it. In the last four years if you said something like this you will be cursed but now the truth has come. The problem is he doesn’t listen to what people are saying, but everyone has spoken out. People are tired, the Ulamas, the masses, the traditional leaders and all people have spoken out.”

“When Buhari was sick Nigerian prayed for him  and they are still doing but he failed to address their challenges,” he added.

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Gender Equality: NASS careful not to enthrone further discrimination says Omo-Agege

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Gender Equality: NASS careful not to enthrone further discrimination says Omo-Agege 

By Joseph Sunday


The Deputy President of the Senate and Chairman, Senate Adhoc Committee on Constitution Review, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has described the bill on Gender Equality sponsored by Senator Biodun Olujimi as challenging in that it may be difficult to achieve the goals without enthroning new set of discriminations. 

Senator Omo-Agege stated this in Abuja when he hosted a delegation of a non-partisan organisation, Women in Politics Forum led by Ebere Ifendu.
The Delta Central lawmaker assured women that their interests would be protected, but not to the detriment of the constitutional provisions against discrimination of whatever form.He said they want to strengthen women participation.Omo-Agege called on the Executive arm of government to always engage the Legislature before signing treaties and agreements.
This, he explained, will enable accelerated domestication by the National Assembly.

He also tasked the forum to help in mobilising the House of Representatives in concurring to the Sexual Harassment Bill passed by the Senate as well as the domestication of the Violence Against Persons  (Prohibition) Act in all the states of the Federation.
 In her remarks Ifendu called for the inclusion of Affirmative Action in the Constitution.
She cited African countries like Kenya, Uganda, Senegal, Rwanda and Seychelles to buttress her position.
According to her there is no better time than now to achieve an inclusive democracy. Further more, she said we need to move from civil governance to true democracy where women, youth and persons with disabilities will have equal opportunities to participate in governance,” she claimed.

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