- The mounting opposition against the Kogi state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello continues to swell by the day
- A foremost political group, The Kogi state Kwankwasiyya movement, has dissociated itself from the Bello-led government
- The group joins several other political groups that have continued to deny association with the Kogi government
The Kogi state Kwankwasiyya movement has dissociated itself from the government of Alhaji Yahaya Bello.
The group made its stance known via a statement sent to Legit.ng on Monday, April 29 in reaction to one of its former members, Nicholas Ayegba Friday, who was recently hosted by the chief of staff to the Kogi state government, Edward Onoja.
The statement sent by the group's spokesman, Attah Morandy, noted that the Kogi state Kwankwasiyya movement is purely an arm of the All Progressives Congress (APC), “and as such, APC cannot defect to APC.”
Part of the statement read:“The movement distances itself from the charade and a show of shame which was called a decamping ceremony led by a suspended member of the movement, Nicholas Ayegba Friday and hosted by the self-conceited political opportunist, Edward Onoja.
“The Kogi state Kwankwasiyya movement is purely APC, and as such, APC cannot defect to APC. In other words, the Kwankwasiyya movement of Kogi state is a strong arm of the genuine APC in Kogi state and a formidable structure of the Audu political family. Note that as far as Kogi is concerned, Audu is APC and APC is Audu.
“Nicholas explored the desperation and gullibility of the New Direction government and pledged his support for the drowning team of callow politicians. Nicholas knows that elections are here and the orphaned government needs people and crowd whether useful or not to make his money. A drowning man always clutches the straw. Nicholas’ declaration has no progressive political intent, but pecuniary motive.
“Those who were led by Nicholas and appeared before Edward were not and have never been part of the Kogi state Kwankwasiyya movement. They were licensed political jobbers who succeeded in scamming a fidgety, rickety and frail government led by Edward Onoja and Yahaya Bello. These duo have both lost popularity and relevance in Kogi politics despite their being in power.
“As a matter of fact, the kindergarten and supermarket system of government led by Yahaya Bello in Kogi state is shambolic, repugnant and nauseating; it is politically impotent, frail, and does not have the financial resources and political might to take over nor adopt the vigorous and robustly wieldy true Kwankwasiyya Movement in Kogi state.”
The statement noted that the Kwankwasiyya movement is the strongest and largest political movement in Kogi state, and it is ready to join Kogites to oust Yahaya Bello from Lugard House at the earliest convenience either in August or in November 2019.
The group accused the government of Bello failing in its promises to the Kogi people, adding that, the government is led by rapacious, greedy and hungry men with the weakest moral fibre.
“Falsely adopting groups and successes of other political gladiators who have carved a niche for themselves in politics and using same to boost the low morals of a failed political sojourn cannot save the Bello led government from damnation and perdition.
“The government of Bello should remove its corruption-ridden pulse off the Audu political family so that it can face and tackle the gargantuan case of financial mismanagement against it.
“The great Kwankwasiyya Movement has no knot to tie with a puerile political family that celebrates its achievements (if any) on social media and glories in hungry urchins whose social media services it buys at so cheap a cost,” the group stated.
Meanwhile, stakeholders in the APC have petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari, asking him to step down his support for the candidature of Governor Yahaya Bello for the forthcoming governorship election in Kogi state.
The petition, which was signed by the convener of the Kogi APC stakeholders forum, Senator Alex Kadiri, noted that Governor Bello was never elected by the Kogi people.
They described Bello as non-performing and violent, accusing the governor of lacking leadership qualities.
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