- Governor Yahaya Bello has expressed optimism that President Buhari will win 2019 election
- The governor of Kogi accused Dogara and Saraki of making Buhari's administration difficult
- He urged his supporters to vote the APC in 2019
The governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello, has accused Senate president Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, of making President Muhammadu Buhari’s first term administration difficult.
The Cable reports that Bello spoke while addressing his supporters at his residence in GRA, Okene.
The governor expressed optimism that President Buhari will win in 2019 and will end the nonsense Saraki and Dogara were doing. He called on the people to vote for candidates of the All Progressives Congress in 2019.
He said: “Tijani Damisa, our brother in house of representatives, is among the people looking out for President Muhammadu Buhari… That is why the nonsense that Saraki and Dogara are doing is not successful. I urge you all to vote for him and his colleagues.
“God willing, Buhari will return in 2019. All the people bearing APC ticket in Kogi, not just Ebira, will win by God’s grace.
“He is the one who will give us and Buhari power. Not the one that Saraki and Dogara are making it difficult for him in his first term. In the second term, he will do it smoothly… When it is my own time, we will win it very well. We won’t just win it, we will superintend over the next one.
“But in this era, please, everyone should be patient. Please, don’t ridicule me before the president, because, I know my status there.”
Bello also said he has a father-to-son relation with the president and that he is the first person he calls whenever he needs to talk to a governor. According to him, when the president needs to talk to a governor, “if he does not call me, he cannot call another person”.
“When it is time for a personal and sensitive matter to be discussed between father and son, I am the first person he (Buhari) reaches out to.
“Please, tell one another that all of Kogi, all of Ebira, are for APC. Anyone that is in the camp of the other, just use it to eat. When it is election time, everyone is APC.
“If you do not do so and do something else, you are one dividing Ebira. You are the one saying Ebira should not move forward, you are the one saying kidnapping of people in the past, in the time of PDP, should continue. You are the one calling for the return of that time.
“You are the one saying we should put an end to all the good work we are doing. You are the one saying you are not happy with the water projects we are doing. You are the one saying the hospitals we are building, should be on hold.
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“Don’t deviate from the plan because if you do, you are saying our suffering is not enough. I am not saying if you see someone from PDP, you should stone him or mock them in songs."
Meanwhile, the Kogi State Internal Revenue Service (KIRS) on Monday, August 27, described the allegation that it diverted N3 billion as spurious and unfounded.
Hassana Salahu, the director of administration and corporate affairs at KIRS, while addressing journalists in Lokoja said that the monthly revenue the state realised from Dangote Group was just N65 million.
She said that the organisation’s revenue accounts are domicile in the governor’s office, denying the existence of any other accounts outside the ones approved by the government.
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