- Kogi state elders have petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari over the conduct of Senator Alex Kadiri
- The elders accused Kadiri of destabilizing and sabotaging the Kogi APC ahead of the November governorship election in the state
- The group also accused Kadiri of impersonation, lies and duplicity
Kogi elders have petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari over the conduct of Senator Alex Kadiri, accusing him of destabilizing and sabotaging the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the November governorship election in the state.
The group also accused Kadiri of impersonation, lies and duplicity, adding that he is ignorant of everything APC in Kogi state.
The petition dated Thursday, May 2 was signed by the elders advisory council of the three senatorial districts in the state, namely; Alhaji Ibrahim Ocheje (East), Alhaji Yahaya Karaku (Central) and Dr Gbenga Asagun (West).
Part of the petition read: “We read in the media two days ago that a group calling itself 'Kogi State APC Stakeholders Forum' purportedly petitioned Your Excellency and our party against the government and person of His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state.
“The group which is led by Senator Alex Kadiri accused Governor Yahaya Bello and our party of having failed in all aspects of governance and called on Your Excellency and the party to deny the Governor a second term ticket.
“It is indeed the right of any citizen or group of citizens to speak their minds on any subject but we take exception to impersonation, lies and duplicity - which is what it amounts to when people who have not identified with us since 2015 not only claim to be part of us now, but to speak for us.
“While we urge Your Excellency to rate Governor Yahaya Bello's performance as a party-man, politician and governor yourself, permit us to remind you that he led us to a landmark victory for the party this year. In this year's general election, APC Kogi chapter won an unprecedented 2 of 3 senatorial seats, 7 of 9 House of Representatives seats and 25 of 25 Kogi state House of Assembly seats.
“Senator Kadiri is a known serial petition writer whom nobody takes seriously anymore. It is vital therefore to make the point at this early stage in our petition that neither he nor any of the faceless ones in his amorphous group possesses the credentials to speak on or about Kogi state APC. They are ignorant of everything APC in Kogi state.”
The elders noted that in the last 3 and half years, with Governor Bello as party leader in Kogi state, every loyal party member has traversed all nooks and crannies of the state building and growing the APC.
They informed the president that the last APC Kogi event at which Senator Kadiri was sighted in is the party primaries in August 2015 .
They further noted that the APC in Kogi state has received no financial, material or even moral support from the senator during the period.
“The Kadiri group is no different from the opposition. In fact, they are the opposition. They deploy both barefaced lies and godless incitement to attempt a pull-down of the state, party and its leader, and as far as we are concerned, they are one and the same.
“Unfortunately for them, their efforts have only earned them more and more rejection from Kogites over the last three and a half years and this latest attempt to start pretending to be APC Kogi stakeholders is because they nurse a gubernatorial ambition which is afraid to contest openly and fairly with Governor Yahaya Bello for our ticket.
“We therefore urge Your Excellency to consign their petition to the dustbin and guide our party in ensuring that nothing but due process is followed in the way and manner in which our flagbearer for November emerges. If truly they are stakeholders, let them try to sell themselves to the people and see,” the elders stated.
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Meanwhile, the national leader of the ruling APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on Monday, April 30 hosted Kogi state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello at his Abuja residence.
“The governor had met with Tinubu at the governor's forum and the national leader asked him to come and see him.
“The governor being a loyal party man visited Tinubu out of respect and admiration. The national leader at the meeting urged the governor to work with other APC leaders in the state and carry everyone along ahead of the elections,” a source old Legit.ng.
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