- Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state seems to be the subject of several political reports in recent times
- A prominent APC chieftain has dismissed media reports suggesting Governor Bello is plotting the removal of the party's national chairman
- Some reports had claimed that Governor Bello is working with a coalition of powerful aggrieved persons to achieve the said objective
A prominent All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain in Kogi state, Dandy Ataja, has dismissed media reports suggesting Governor Yahaya Bello is plotting the removal of the ruling party's national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
Ataja who is a key member of the influential G9 Initiative for GYB in Kogi state, in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Saturday, June 1, described the report as fake news.
According to him, the news and many other alike are, “examples of the childishness into which the opposition here continues to slide the nearer we get to November 16, the date for the next Kogi governorship elections.”
The reports had claimed that Governor Bello is working with a coalition of powerful aggrieved persons to achieve the said objective.
The report also alleged that the plot was laid out by Edward Onoja, chief of staff to the Kogi state governor during a meeting with some female APC supporters he is said to have hosted recently in Abuja.
Ataja said: “As leader of the party and director-general of APC campaigns in Kogi state respectively, the governor and his chief of staff, Edward Onoja, were pivotal to the party's unprecedented win in Kogi state in the 2019 general elections.
“They were both in Abuja this week to attend the inauguration of the president and vice president into a second term in office and attend to other matters of state.
“Neither holds the alleged hostile intentions towards any leader of the party nor did the meeting where same was allegedly voiced hold. Like in the past, these things only happened in the overwrought imaginations of the promoters and on the pages of the obscure internet sites circulating them.
“What is truly sad is the Kogi opposition's abysmal lack of reason in cooking up these lies. It has in fact become an epidemic of the incongruous. Almost every other day now they rehash a different version of the same old rubbish in their captive media. The collateral negative effect on the image of their state is not their concern. Personal interest at all costs is their mantra.
“Such desperation can only be seen in people who have reached the uttermost limits of their ability to think and engage constructively. At their wits' end, the Kogi opposition is now throwing wild punches in every direction hoping to hit someone or something and start a fracas.”
He stated that since assuming office over three and a half years ago, Governor Bello has grown the ranks of the APC in Kogi state through good governance and being a great party man who respects party protocols and leadership at all levels.
“Governor Yahaya Bello therefore rejects any attempt to tamper with the duly elected leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at all levels as well as all attempts to associate him with calls for the removal of the National Chairman of our party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
“Politics is a game of interest and as an advocate of progressive democracy, Governor Bello respects people's freedom to canvass for their ideologies and choice, but frowns at deliberate mischief.
“The government of Kogi state has always called on those interested in contesting for the November 16 gubernatorial elections in the state to freely go about their campaigns and leave out all the dishonest shenanigans.
“Most persons who oppose the governor today can trace the genesis of their disaffection to his refusal to either help them impose candidates, supplant institutions, misuse resources, oppress human beings or allow them use the resources of his office to do so.
“Such people need to know that blackmail, character assassination and other acts which do not sit well with the spirit of democracy has never and will never intimidate the administration or we, the APC foot-soldiers in the state,” he stated.
The APC chieftain also noted that Onoja has paid his political dues in full in the ruling party, adding that he has made a resounding success of each assignment and delivered the required result in his territory.
“Those who are scared of who Edward Onoja may become tomorrow should spare themselves a heart attack and desist. The destiny of any man is entirely in God's hands.
“If it is Edward’s destiny, just like his namesake King David in the Bible, to become King and ascend the throne prepared for him, a million hordes from the pit of hell cannot stop him,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, Kogi students in various higher institutions in the state and across the federation, have pledged to support the second term bid of Governor Bello.
The joint leaderships of the students' associations made the pledge at a joint press conference on Thursday, May 30 at Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja.
The students' associations include: Kogi state chapter of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), the National Association of Kogi State Students (NAKOSS), Igala Students Association (ISA), National Association of Ebira Students (NAES), and the National Association of Okun Students (NAOS) among others.
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