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Governor Bello, deputy tango over non performance, bribe taking

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Governor Bello, deputy tango over non performance, bribe taking

The crises of confidence between Governor Yahaya Bello and his
deputy elder Simon Achuba may have assume a dangerous dimensions as the state government has started beaming its searchlight on hos activities.
During a town hall meeting held in Ibaji local government area in the Eastern senatorial district on Thyrsday, the Chief of staff to the Governor, Edward Onoja took a swipe at the embattled deputy governor for taking kickbacks from road contractors working on some roads in the area.
He disclose that the deputy governor is under investigation for the alleged underhand dealings, helping all the blames on the office of the Deputy Governor under Elder Simon Achuba for the failure of the government to deliver its mandate to the good people of Ibaji local government area.
Edward Onoja Berated the Deputy Governor for Ibaji Backwardness
While challenging the crowd, the Chief of Staff told them that they would be surprised by some revelations has was going to make concerning their own son the Deputy Governor whom he tagged “the enemy within.”
He noted with disappointment that since the inception of the Fourth Republic the area has continued to give political supports to the opposition party the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) without any benefit to show in terms of infrastructural developments or the elevation of any of their sons or daughters to the higher position of the state.
Edward recalled the role he played in his nomination and the subsequent emergence of Elder Simon Achuba as the Deputy Governor revealing that he took many factors in to consideration before backing the Ibaji people to produce the “Number Two Position” in the state.
According to him , “Kogi East as a district is under-developed but there are three major Local Government Areas in the district that suffer most.” He cited Bassa, Ibaji and Olamaboro to be the three areas while remarking that Ibaji is worst amongst the most neglected areas.
However, in a swift reaction, Honorious Aromeh the Senior Special Assistant on political matters to the deputy governor described the Edward Onoja as a sinking man.
According to Aromeh, the comments made by the Chief of Staff to the Goveemor, clearly portrayed him as a man with the spirit of telling lies, wondering how a person in the capacity of the governor’s aide would sit in public to denigrafe the office of the Deputy Governor by formulating lies all in an attempt to cover inadequacies of the government.
He added that the Onoja is telling the world that the present government has failed, while calliing on him to go for a psychiatric test.
According to Aromeh , ” Who was the contractor that alleged that the Deputy Governor collected kick backs. Was it because the Deputy Governor also collected kick back that Bassa road is not completed. Was it because the Deputy Governor collected kick backs that roads in the Western and Central Senatorial Districts are not done. Was it because the deputy governor collected kick backs that made projects ongoing to be inconclusive, and why the government cannot commission a project in three years, while workers and pensioners are not being paid salaries and pension for between thirty and thirty five months”.
The SSA described as a blatan lie that the Deputy Governor tried creating disaffection between the Attah Igala and the Government, pointing out that, “The Attah Igala is a father to the Deputy Governor and all their discussions at all time centred on the growth of Igala land.
He said if the Deputy Governor is telling the traditional ruler not to support government, is he not also telling the Royal father not to support him?.
He lamented that a situation where Chiefs were graded and upgraded without the knowledge of the Chairman of kogi Council of Traditional Rulers, and Chairmen of Local Government Traditional Councils called for questioning stressing that the strained relationship between government and the traditional institutions should not be traced to the Deputy Governor.

He noted that the Deputy Governor is not aware of any committee investigating him because he has not been found wanting in the discharge of his duties, describing the efforts to paint Chief Achuba black by Chief Edward Onoja in order to win the support of Ibaji people will fail.
He noted that the people of Ibaji know who is their enemy and they could point to Edward Onoja and his twin government who in three years could not boast of a single project in the LGA.
According to Aromeh, the people of Ibaji LGA are angry with the present administration for not being able to fix the road to Onyedega after the flood, describing the action of Chief Edward Onoja as attempt to score cheap popularity, by calling the Deputy Governor unprintatble names.
He assured that the plan is not enough to sway Ibaji people who have made up their minds about the present administration and the cabals misleading the governor.

The alleged cold war between Governor, Yahaya Bello and his deputy, Simon Achuba, had been on for months to the extent he was made to proceed on a two months compulsory leave whixh ended in January c 26th 2019.
Achuba it was gathered had in the last 9 months been facing untold hardship from deliberated effort to frustrate him out of office.
However, sources close to the Government said the Kogi number two citizen has been handling his ordeal with utmost maturity and trepidation as he remained unperturbed.

At a point it was gathered that the sources of power to the deputy governor’s office, which was directly from the dedicated line of the governor’s office has been severed for months.

Again, water supply into to the office was also alleged to be epileptic, making him and his aids to be passing through hell using the office.

Sources also alleged that the salary of the deputy governor was last paid in February, while his wife’s salary was stopped the following month.

The development, according to sources, had made him to appear in the office once in a while, as he reraly attend public functions in recent times.

Although, the embattled deputy governor had always put up an unruffled posture as if everything was well, never complaining publicly about the way he was being treated, sources stated that his travails had been on for many months.

Another copious indication that all may not be well with the deputy governor came to the fore on when the administrator of his local government area of Ibaji, Hon Tom Offor, was allegelly removed without Achuba’s knowledge.

While the local government administrator was said to be holding an official function with the wife of the governor, Rashida Bello, in attendance in Ibaji, his removal was announced in the media.

It was further gathered that the deputy governor attempted to inquire from the governor about the removal of the chairman but the governor denied any knowledge of the development.

However the governor, in his reaction indicated that the relationship between him and his deputy had remained normal as they had been working together for the development of the state.

Bello, who spoke through his director general on media and publicity, Kingsley Fanwo, said the story of any crack between him and Achuba was a creation of mischief makers that wanted to capitalise on the current political environment in the state.

According to Fanwo, the deputy governor represented the governor at the swearing in ceremony of the Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, saying he had been functioning without inhibitions.

He also described the removal of the Ibaji local government area administrator as a government routine, adding that the local government boss was only redeployed as Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Power.

According to him, the removal of the administrator of Ibaji on account of his funding the deputy governor was a ruse, saying it was not in the culture of administrators in the state to service individuals but the grassroots.

Achuba was appointed by Bello as a replacement for the deputy governorship candidate of the party in the 2015 election, Hon James Faleke, who refused to serve as deputy following the death of the governorship candidate, Abubakar Audu.

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From Ali Sara, Bauchi

As the people of Bauchi State file out tomorrow to exercise their franchise in the Local Government election, the battle for supremacy between the two major gladiating political parties; the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressive Congress (APC) is expected to play out.

The immediate past speaker of the House of representatives Honorable Yakubu Dogara who recently joined the APC in his Bogoro local government has vowed to leave no stone unturned having embarked on door to door campaign to ensure victory.
Those vying for the chairmanship seat in the local government are Honorable Bulus Iliya of APC and Honorable Iliya Habila of PDP who are both former Senior Special Assistants to the former Speaker.

Flagging off his campaign Wednesday Honorable Iliya said that he is not afraid of the ruling party because the youth and women are with him.

According to him, he cannot be intimidated by anybody saying he does whatever he sets out to do without fear.
“I don’t fear face because I believe in God and God decide who will rule the LGA. I am not afraid that I am contesting against the ruling party, why because I know the masses are with me and I am sure I will defeat PDP on saturday”.

The APC candidate alleged that the only option for the ruling People’s Democratic Party is to try to manipulate the election because they have the government.
He expressed the believe that with God and the people by his side he will win the election.

“Definitely, if they are going to conduct a credible election we will be victorious come this Saturday”, he confidently boasted.

He called on the electorate to be law abiding, even as he advised them to protect their votes.

On his part Honorable Iliya Habila who is the immediate past Care taker Chairman of Bogoro LGA and the flag bearer of the PDP said he does not need to campaign because within the ten months of his stewardship in office the people can testify to his giant strides in the area of human and infrastructure development.

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President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has sent a congratulatory message to the Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, on his re-election to a second term at Saturday’s election.
Lawan also congratulated the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the victory of its candidate at the election, saying the triumph is well-deserved and heart warming.This was contained in a statement that was issued in Abuja yesterday by his special adviser on media Ola Awoniyi.The president of the senate noted that the election was a referendum on the stewardship of Governor Akeredolu in the last four years and that the Governor has passed the examination in flying colours.
The Senate President commended the people of Ondo State for their peaceful conduct at the poll, which has demonstrated their confidence in their country’s democratic process.
He also thanked the Ondo people for their consistency in identifying with progressive platforms now ably represented by the APC.
“By the outcome of this election, the people of Ondo State have spoken in a loud and unambiguous voice that the APC offers the best platform for the pursuit of their development goals and political aspirations.
“The electoral victory in Ondo State is a re-affirmation of the people’s faith in the APC government and the capacity of Governor Akeredolu to continue the transformation of  the state by consolidating on his achievements and opening new frontiers of development in the Sunshine State,” Lawan says.
The Senate President admonished the Governor not to deviate from the path that has taken him to a fresh mandate from his people. He also urges him to continue to implement APC’s progressive programmes for the benefit of all Ondo people.
Lawan called on other contestants in the election to join hands with the winner in working for the common good of Ondo people.

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No PDP member defected in Ogbadibo -Media Group

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A foremost media support group of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Benue State, has described as untrue, the propaganda on the social media that some members of the party defected to the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC).

The group, Benue South PDP Social Media, in a statement on Friday by its Coordinator, Comrade Yemi Itodo, said those selling such propaganda were only doing so for personal gains, urging the public to disregard such “unfounded rumours”.

The John Ngbede led State Working Committee of the PDP had, on Tuesday, inaugurated the executive of the Ogbadibo chapter of the PDP.

Barely 48 hours after the inauguration, some APC members took to the social media, suggesting that some members of the PDP abandoned the party for the broom party.

But Comrade Itodo in the statement, said it was rather the APC members that indicated interests to join the ruling PDP which the chapter Chairman of the party, Hon. Vincent Amuche had hinted the state leadership of PDP and a new date shall be fixed to welcome over 3000 members of opposition parties who are itching to join PDP.

“I can authoritatively tell you that there shall be great tsunami in the camps of the opposition parties in the coming weeks. What has been delaying it was the inability to inaugurate the elected chapter executives, due to COVID-19.

“But now they are being inaugurated and you will be shocked at the caliber of persons that have already concluded arrangements to join PDP”, Itodo said.

He stressed that, “no member of PDP left the party for any other party”, challenging anyone with names and wards of those defectors to publish them.

“The truth is that, some aggrieved persons left their parties after the primaries did not favour them few years ago and joined forces with APGA, SDP, Labour, etc. So, if those persons decided to rejoin their parties, how would you ascribe such defections as from PDP?

“Do you know how many great members of PDP that had since returned to the party in their various wards without making noise”, Itodo posited.

While calling on the leadership of PDP in Ogbadibo and Benue South not to be distracted in the quest to have estranged members reunited into the fold and create enabling environment for those willing to defect to the party; Comrade Itodo warned the opposition parties against heating up the polity at the time all hands must be on deck in the business of governance of Benue State.

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