- Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state says he is still a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC)
- Governor Bello notes that the APC remains strong in Kogi and that this was the reason the party delivered for President Muhammadu Buhari
- The embattled governor argues that his administration cannot be described as corrupt
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi, said late Monday, April 29, that he is still a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) adding that there is no crisis in the state’s chapter of the party as being reported.
Legit.ng understands that Bello spoke with State House correspondents at the sidelines of the induction of new and returning governors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Bello said: "I think all I can say about my state is that the APC is not in crisis in Kogi state.
"The real elders and the real stakeholders, the youths, the women and people of integrity know that Kogi state chapter of the APC is intact and that was why we were able to deliver Kogi for the president.
”We were able to deliver two out of the three senatorial seats to our party; we were able to deliver seven out of nine House of Representatives to or party and for the first time ever in the history of politics in Kogi state we were able to deliver 100 per cent; that is 25 House of Assembly members in Kogi state."
He said if there was crisis, there was no way such electoral feat would have achieved this.
"So I want to assure you that the APC in Kogi is intact and I remain a bonafide member of APC and as a matter of fact, I rebuilt the party in Kogi state form the scratch to what it is today and we are able to achieve this feat.
”So those that are making certain passes of me leaving the party I think that is their wish and by the grace of God their wish will never be granted," Bello said.
Reacting to the allegation of misappropriation of funds by the state government, Governor Bello said his administration had been transparent and could not be termed corrupt.
According to the governor, the state’s finances, starting from bailout funds to Paris Club refunds and bank statements, were published in the dailies.
He said his administration had been able to achieve a lot of infrastructural development, security among others despite its lean resources.
"This is what was not done for the state in the past 20 years of Kogi state’s existence before I came on board but under three years we were able to achieve all these successes.
”Probably some might think we were using stones or sand to do all these but this is the prudent management of resources and the good hands that we were able to recruit in my cabinet and in governance in the state.
”So those that are making such comment; it is a strategy; it is either that they want me to perform more or they are simply living in oblivion," he said.
Legit.ng earlier reported how the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, Abdul Rahman Ado Ibrahim, reacted to the criticisms against the administration of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state.
The monarch said though he supported Bello in 2015, the governor was being misled by money and “extremely wrong people around him.”
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