— you lied, says gov. Bello
The embattled Deputy Governor of Kogi state, Elder Simon Achuba has raised the alarm over alleged mobilization of gunmen by his boss, Alhaji Yahaya Bello to attack him with an appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari and Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu to come to his rescue.
The Deputy Governor cried out over the ugly development at a press briefing held at his residence in Lokoja, the state capital on Thursday.
Achuba told journalists that information at his disposal revealed that Governor Yahaya Bello has mobilized gunmen to attack him over his perceived lingering anger on him.
According Achuba “Bello should be held responsible if any thing happens to my life. Iam appealing to President Buhari and the Inspector-General of Police to beam their searchlight on Kogi state as a result of Governor Bello’s alleged gunmen activities in the state”
He also stressed that “You cannot be a governor of the people and killer of the people as Bello is exhibiting”.
On the claim of the Kogi state government that he has been paid all his entitlements to date, Achuba debunked the claim describing it as false and threatened Court Action to get his two years unpaid salaries and allowances settled without further delay.
” As a deputy governor, I have staff whose salaries come under my office including mine and other allowances and imprest to run the office which since 2017, the governor refused to pay. The issue of salaries is critical and not about me as labourers deserves their wages ” Achuba affirmed
“My monthly salary for instance as a deputy governor is N385,000. How can I run my office with this kind of pay without imprest in the last two years?” He asked.
The deputy governor admonished his boss to always see himself as servant of his people and not master by being humanitarian in all his actions and inactions in the administration of the state.
He explained that his continued rift with his boss has nothing to do with none performance on his part as been alleged but because of his disenchantment on the bad governance of the state by Bello which has inflicted untold hardship on the people of the state.
However, Achuba appreciated his boss for making him his deputy which eventually gave him the opportunity to contribute his quota towards the development of the state, notwithstanding the terror he is passing through in the last two years.
But in a swift reaction, the Chief press secretary to the governor, Onogwu Muhammed, said that the allegation is false and unfounded.
The statement which reads in part said, “the Kogi State Government has denied the allegation in a section of the media to the effect that His Excellency Governor Yahaya Bello was after the life of Mr. Simon Achuba, the state Deputy Governor.
The Government described the report as what he referred to as “bogus and an exhibition of a blind rage by an angry suckling with a long-term pattern of abnormal behavior characterized by exaggerated feelings of self-importance.
“The Kogi State Government is appalled that a Deputy Governor, who should epitomize leadership and good example in all senses, could descend so low to employ smear campaign against the person of His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello and we state without equivocation that Mr Achuba has no shred of evidence for his reckless surmising which is nothing but a scripted venture in ruinous adventure.
“We do not train assassins, (and) as such, the state government or her personnel cannot be involved in sending assassins to murder any human soul let alone a Deputy Governor of our dear state.”
“Despite these unsubstantiated ramblings however, we deemed it fit to clear the air by letting the general public know that the Kogi State Government would not be dragged into any form of political gerrymandering concocted for the furtherance of any person’s political interest or notoriety.”
The state government however challenged Mr Achuba to bring evidence of his claims or desist from making further spurious allegations.
“We warn Mr Simon Achuba who is known to history as a man whose affinity for violence is unparalleled not to judge us by his own standards. The report of the Kogi State Government Commission of Enquiry on the Iyaño Ethnic crises in 2017 is still fresh in our memories.
“The Kogi State government led by Alhaji Yahaya Bello , therefore, rejects the futile attempt at seeking to link it to any assassination attempt on the Deputy Governor and we advice that people desist from seeking political capital from scenarios they imagine would advance their parochial cause, no matter how banal such causes may seem.”
“Nigerians and Kogites in particular are aware that it is not in the character of the administration to persecute perceived opponents let alone the second in command of New Direction team. We have remained a model for peaceful engagement and political dialogue. Any inclination at portraying us otherwise will not be acceptable,” the statement added.Share this on WhatsApp