‘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.
APC caucus tackles opposition for tagging Buhari an absentee President
The All Progressive Congress (APC) caucus of the National Assembly (Senate) yesterday berated its counterparts in the opposition for describing President Muhammadu Buhari as an absentee president.
The Opposition Minority Caucus had converged from both chambers to register their grievances against the ruling party over the derailing ship of State.
The caucus said it had also taken note of the fact that the president has been absent from duty.
They said, “We have not seen our president. We have not heard from our president despite the daily killings that have turned Nigeria into a killing field of unimaginable proportions.”
Addressing the Senate press Corps after their own meeting the Senate leader who is also Chairman Senate APC Caucus, Senator Yahaya Abubakar Abdullahi said they in the APC Caucus totally reject the many incorrect statement contained in the said press release.
“Furthermore, we take exception to the unfortunate charge that our President has not been seen. This is false and cheap politics.
“The President and service – chiefs are meticulously busy every day and every night in deliberations with a view to addressing the security challenges across the entire country.
“Similarly, Mr. President had always made statement to Nigerians on all major security incidences and assuring Nigerians and indeed the international community that he would continue to do his best in making sure that the security challenges are tackled head-on.”
He assured Nigerians that the President is in charge of government and is discharging his duties conscientiously and patriotically.
“It is a well-known fact that the Federal Government under the PDP refused to invest in the security infrastructure of the country while President under the APC led Government had massively invested in this regard more than any past governments and we are confident that the nation will surmount its current security challenges.
The APC Caucus expressed strong and unreserved supports the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari as he continues to work in addressing the economic, health, social, security and other challenges that beset the nation.
“Indeed, we are quite aware of the role of the opposition in any democracy. However, the statement by the PDP Caucus has gone too far given the good working relationship in the 9th Assembly and especially with the Minority Caucus. “
He said, in any democracy, the rights to present criticisms and concerns on the state of the nation’s affairs are unassailable.
However, he said while they respect such rights that come with obligation and responsibility, they are concerned that the statement issued by the Minority Cuscus is capable of over- heating an already charged polity in which men of good conscience and patriotism are expected to act as leaders and Statesmen.
“While we acknowledge the natural disposition of playing politics, we are worried and disturbed that our colleagues are playing with lives.
“The unfortunate state of insecurity; for which the Senate has continuously debated and issued resolutions to support the actions of the executive under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari in the overriding interest of the public, is too delicate to play with.
Unlike the minority Caucus meeting which carried along the House of Representatives members in their fold, only majority caucus of the Senate attended the meeting
Like their Minority Caucus the majority also refused to field questions from the media after their press briefing.
The Minority Caucus had indicated that it was taking note and will continue to take note of the constitutional breaches that are happening at this time by President Muhammadu Buhari.
We are keeping records of constitutional breaches by absentee Buhari-NASS Minority caucus
We keeping records of constitutional breaches by absentee Buhari–NASS Minority Caucus
The Minority Caucus of the National Assembly has indicated that it is taking note and will continue to take note of the constitutional breaches that is happening at this time by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The caucus, after a closed-door emergency meeting on Tuesday, declared President Muhammadu Buhari absent from duty despite the killings and kidnappings across the country.
It said at the appropriate time, it utilize all constitutional methods and measures available after consultations with other colleagues to do the needful to safe the country from collapse.
“The caucus has also taken note of the fact that the president is absent from duty. We have not seen our president. We have not heard from our president despite the daily killings that have turned Nigeria into a killing field of unimaginable proportions.”
It condemned what it called the “ineptitude and inability” of the APC-led federal government to prevent the country from drifting apart.
It said rather than solving the security problems he met on ground as promised, the situation has grown worse under the APC to the extent that every section of the country is now beset with one security challenge or the other.
The caucus leader and Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, who briefed newsmen after the meeting said,
“We, therefore as a caucus, suggest that immediate steps should be taken by governments at all levels to set up proper security infrastructure whether in the mode of state police and other constitutional reforms to arrest the drift of the nation,” he said.
He urged President Buhari to take charge of his government and take the country out of the current security situation.
Abaribe also urged Nigerians not lose hope in the country, but do everything possible to get rid of APC in 2023.
He said: “The caucus also expresses strong reservations about the economic strategy of the government which has culminated into what is called quantitative easing, which the ordinary man knows as printing money.
“We feel that this strategy has led us to the very high inflation that we have today, devaluation of our Naira to the height that we never expected and has also concomitantly brought out unemployment and has led the government to contemplate, as we see today, to raise the price of fuel, electricity tariff and all manners of charges on the helpless Nigerians.
“We think that the government should reverse itself and should not continue in its mindless borrowing without seeing any benefits that are coming from it.
“We also, as a caucus, want to put on notice to all Nigerians and the international community about the threats to the lives of our members, to those who come out to say things that are true about the state of Nigeria today, and this threats have come in various forms, including threat to life.
“So, we condemn this attempt at holding everybody down and trying to shut us up and make sure that nobody says because they think by doing so, problems of the country will disappear. We say that problems of the country will not disappear.
“This is a time that needs the president to come out and take charge of his government and take us all away from problems we are seeing today.”
Insecurity; There will be no election In 2023- Niger APC Chieftain
Insecurity; There will be no election In 2023- Niger APC Chieftain
*** Says The Country Is Under siege
Former Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, in Niger state, Jonathan Vatsa has said that unless the current security situation in the country is addressed, Nigerians should not expected any election in 2023
He however pointed out that if the government decides to go ahead with elections despite the worsening security challenges across the country, such elections can never be credible.
Vatsa in a statement in Minna on Sunday titled “As the nation bleeds, can Nigerians have a credible elections in 2023” expressed worries that the entire country is overwhelmed by one form of insecurity or the other with the attendant lose of lives and the government seems to be without idea.
“No part of this country today is safe, people are being killed like flies. They have abandoned their ancestral home for fear and have no hope of returning soon”.
Vatsa, a former publicity secretary of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in Niger state believed that until the security problem is addressed and peace returned to towns and villages, any attempt to conduct election in 2023 under the present situation will amount to deceit.
According to him, “Nigerians will know that such elections will never be credible. It will amount to sitting in one place and writing results and the people will definitely resist such manipulations.
“But the truth is that this government can not afford not to conduct credible elections in 2023 because without free, fair and credible elections APC wouldn’t have been in power today. If for nothing, we must give Nigerians credible election devoid of any deceit and foul play”.
Vatsa who is the Coordinator public affairs to governor Sani Bello, maintained that Niger state is one state that no credible election can be conducted without addressing the issue of Banditry which has brought the state to its kneel, stressing that “right now six or seven out of the 25 local government areas of the state are under siege from bandits.
“So which credible election will you conduct in such local government areas without addressing the security challenges there, it is not possible. Today there are over 20,000 Internally Displaced People (IDP) across these local government areas.
“The state is overwhelmed with this situation and nobody is listening to the governor. So if you want to conduct election in these affected communities where are the voters”, he queried.
He therefore urged President Buhari to act fast “because the masses who voted for him in 2015 and 2019 can no longer sleep in their houses, they can no longer go to their farms. The country is bleeding and the poor people are most affected”, he submitted
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