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Fresh Suit to Remove Gov. Bello Adjourned to Jan 2018 for Judgement
 
A fresh suit seeking to nullify the return and swearing in of Alhaji Yahaya Bello as governor of Kogi State has been adjourned to January 22, 2018 for judgment.

The case was instituted by some electorates from Kogi State came up for hearing today at the Federal High Court Abuja.  The processes filed by all the parties were adopted.

A fresh suit was filed before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on June 16 before Justice John Tsoho.

The litigants seek to nullify the return and swearing in of Bello on grounds that he was not validly nominated for the 2015 governorship election in the state as stipulated by Section 32 of the 2010 Electoral Act as amended.

The litigants also prayed the court to nullify the return of Yahaya Bello on the grounds that he was not a registered voter in Kogi State and cannot be sponsored by APC to participate in Kogi State electoral processes.

Yakubu Binuyaminu November 17, 2017
Ohize Support Group Weight Support Behind Gov. Bello - Politics
Late Senator Salihu Ohize
Late Senator Salihu Ohize
The political fortune of Governor Yahaya Bello recently gained further momentum in the Central Senatorial District as the Late Senator Salihu Ohize’s Support Group threw its weight behind the New Direction Government.

Speaking when he led members to Government House in Lokoja Thursday, the Vice Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Central Senatorial District, Mr. Ibrahim Ahovi revealed that the sincerity of Gov Bello and his zeal to entrench good governance in the state, informed the group’s decision to support the administration under his leadership.

Mr. Ohovi, stressed that the visit was for the purpose of identifying with the Governor and to let the people of the state know that the group under the late political icon, has now pitched its tent with the New Direction government for the growth and accelerated development of the state.

The APC Central Vice Chairman said the present administration has executed viable projects ranging from electricity supply, provision of water, to provision of adequate health care and has ensured an even delivery of the dividends of democracy to the people of the state which was quite different from what existed in the polity before now.

According to Mr. Ahovi, the New Direction government has proven beyond every reasonable doubt, its commitment to rapidly transform and advance the state of affairs and stressed that the government has impacted the state positively in less than two years.

He highlighted that the administration has put in place social infrastructures that have direct bearing on the lives of people in various communities.

The group’s spokesman, while pledging their unflinching support to the administration, described the Governor as a symbol of hope to the people.

He further pledged their total allegiance to the Governor’s political ideology, noting that they were behind him in his quest to transform the state.

The APC Vice Chairman, who used the occasion to appeal to the Governor to intervene their efforts to secure the release of some of their members that have been detained, said their detention was done unjustly.

Speaking, the visibly elated Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Edward Onoja, commended the group for their resolve to fully support the New Direction government, saying that the present government would continue to open its doors to all groups that have positive contributions in the governance of the state.

He praised the group for their courage towards embracing the agenda of Governor Yahaya Bello towards taking Kogi State to a greater, and assured them that they would be taking along in the scheme of things.

Also speaking, the Special Adviser on Social Development Goals, Mr. Mumuni Okara who described their decision as a welcome development, expressed delight at the decamping of the House of Representative member, representing the people of Okene/Ogori/Magongo at the National Assembly, saying that the whole of Central Senatorial District has been conquered by APC.

Responding, Governor Yahaya Bello expressed appreciation to the group for their resolve to support his government, and described the late Senator Salihu Ohize as a true leader who used his influence to better the lives of his people.

He assured them of his preparedness to put an end to the crisis confronting the central senatorial district and appealed to the group to shun disagreement and work in unity.
The Governor assured the people of government’s relentlessness in ensuring the dividends of the democracy are delivered to them, and urged them to desist from spreading falsehood capable of causing disharmony.

He used the occasion to announce that the group has been adopted and have become part of the new direction family and would be treated equally like the members before them.
Bello promised to empower women and youths in the area and called elders to caution their wards and children against violence and encourage hard work and be patient with the government in its effort to transform the state.

The Deputy Governor, Elder Simon Achuba in his vote of thanks, said their decision was an answer to prayers, and called on those still resistant to join hands with the government.

Yakubu Binuyaminu October 7, 2017
We Stand With Atiku on Restructuring – Kogi Youths
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar
By Haleel Ado.

A coalition of Kogi youths under the aegis of Kogi Youths for Atiku (KYA) has thrown its weight behind former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s call for the restructuring of the Nigerian federation to quell the rising tide of agitations and intolerance among the various ethnic nationalities in the country.

In a press statement released in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital and made available to newsmen, the Group advised the Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari to take on board the advice of well-meaning Nigerians like the Turakin Adamawa, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar on the need to restructure the country if Nigeria is to remain as a single united entity.

According to KYA, “the recent rise in the wave of agitations for self-determination especially in the South-east and south-western parts of Nigeria is a result of decades of skewered applications of federalism as the system of government in Nigeria. This has directly or indirectly, resulted in justifiable feelings of injustice among the various component units of the Nigerian federation.”

The only way to quell these agitations the Group opined is to “immediately take necessary and quite frankly, long overdue steps to restructure Nigeria and define, once and for all the basis for our existence”

Kogi Youths for Atiku (KYA) in the statement which was jointly signed by the Group Coordinators, Muhammad ‘Din Shehu and Rabiu Awwal Haruna, also faulted the claims by the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) led by Nnamdi Kanu was sponsored by treasury looters stating that “it is an untenable argument. The Ibos and other ethnic nationalities in Nigeria have justifiable claims of marginalization and until we take the path of justice and restructure the Nigerian federation into one in which each of her component units have a sense of belonging; groups such as IPOB will continue to arise with their supporters rallying behind demagogues like Nnamdi Kanu”

It however commended the Federal Government for initiating bridge-building initiatives by sending some governors and other eminent personalities like the Turakin Adamawa on a peace mission to the South-east and the South-south: “we commend the Federal government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari for taking prompt steps to forestall a wave of needless reprisals as a fall-out of the military exercise by the Nigerian army in some south-eastern states codenamed “Python Dance”, by sending a delegation of eminent leaders of thoughts from the north on a peace-building mission to South-east and South-south states. We particularly acknowledge with appreciation the presidential mandate giving by President Buhari to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to join the peace building tours.”

“We in KYA sees this as just recognition, and further confirmation of the universally acknowledge persona of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as a symbol of national unity and a pan Nigerian statesman. This has further validated our belief that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is one man capable of leading our beloved country on the path of national unity, sustainable socio-economic growth and developments come May 29, 2019.”

The group also used the medium to canvass the support of youths from the 21 Local Government Areas of Kogi State for the candidature of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in the 2019 Presidential Election “if Kogites in particular and Nigerians in general, are to feel the impact of real and impactful Change.”

Yakubu Binuyaminu September 24, 2017
Revealed: Lukman’s Death Is a Cover-up - Must Read.
Isah Lukman's body
The celebrated killing of Isah Lukman, alleged to be a thug is bringing up more and more questions everyday. It is believed that he was killed to cover up atrocities of some persons in positions of power.

Before his death, Isah Lukman was said to have been a frontliner for the current government of the state and the local government.

Many of his contributions to this current administration could be traced down to areas which include;

1. Lukman was witnessed to have shared huge amount of money during the last gubernatorial election in the state. Especially in polling units while voting was going on.

2. Until his death, Lukman was in possession of the APC campaign bus which he always drive around Ihima with his gangs, alongside a Toyota Camry car, ash in colour.

3. Whenever the political appointees, especially the commissioner for water resources, travels to Ihima for tour, Lukman was always in the front together with security men leading the way. Making sure other youths are properly coordinated and ensure peace.

4. Lukman had a borehole dug in front of his house with water tank which was said to have been a compensation from the state government to him in recognition of his efforts.

5. Lukman was not left out during the last empowerment program by Sen. Ahmed Ogembe as he was handed over a Keke NAPEP tricycle which he sometimes ride around Obieba in Ihima.

6. At a time, Lukman was allegedly considered by the state government as the chief security overseer in Obieba where he lived and have his gangs because he always ensure order and peacefulness.

7. Lukman was always seen in the Kogi State government house and the Okehi Local Government secretariat alongside the political office holders, mixing with them and cheering them up.

8. He almost lived the life of a philanthropist by sharing money to widows, orphans and helping to engage some children into skill acquisitions. He did these out of the money he allegedly received from the local government and state political appointees.

The list can go on and on. But the questions are;

1. After all these, why would the state government claim being innocent of Lukman’s way of life by coming out to paint him black and call him all sorts of names after benefiting from his ruthless way of life?

2. If Lukman was a thug and notorious as they claimed, why did they harbour him for so long and why not an arrest instead of killing him? Where we have other more notorious thugs being arrested and interrogated in the past.

3. Why was the Kogi state commissioner of Police, Wilson Inalegwu transferred immediately after the incident happened alongside other Police officers who played some roles in the issue.

4. Who was responsible for all the benefits accrued to Lukman by the APC before his death? And what was the source of his money?

The public need to investigate this chameleon play on Isah Lukman who was used and killed as against all the claims.

–  Lukman Isah
isahlukman17@gmail.com

Source: Kogireports

Yakubu Binuyaminu September 20, 2017
Okehi LGA Rep. Member Escape Death Along Okene - Lokoja Road
Kekere Abdulkareem
The Member representing Okehi constituency at the Kogi State House of Assembly, Kekere Abdulkareem has on Saturday morning narrowly escaped some armed bandits along the Okene-Lokoja road. 

Abdulkareem while giving the testimony, revealed that he was in the car with "his people" when the gunmen attacked, leaving his car riddled with bullets. 
In his words: "I have once again got another reason to say 'Alhamdulillah'. An encounter with Armed bandits this morning along Okene-Lokoja road but the almighty Allah I serve devotedly showed me another reason why I should always count on His mercy and protection. 
"Car damaged but the All-Knowing Allah saved my life and the lives of my people in the car, which are more precious to me."
He also commended the speedy response of the Kogi State Police Command to contain the challenge on the highways. 
"A quick intervention by Kogi State Police Command deserves some commendation, another Kudos to Alh. Yahaya Bello-led government's efforts in containing security challenges in Kogi State," he said.

Lois Rachiel September 16, 2017
Corruption: Yahaya Bello, Fayose, Akpabio Top List of 100 Politically-exposed Persons
 

The governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello and his counterpart in Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose are among 100 politically-exposed persons and top-ranking public officers being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Other names on the list include, Patience Jonathan, wife of former president Goodluck Jonathan; Godswill Akpabio, former governor of Akwa Ibom and Senate Minority Leader; Kayode Fayemi, former governor of Ekiti state and minister of solid minerals development.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen is also under investigation, according to the report published by The Punch.
The list, sighted by The Punch via an EFCC source on Monday, was recently sent by the anti-graft agency to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), based on request, according to the report.
Here are some of the names on the list:

    Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti
    Patience Jonathan, wife of former president Goodluck Jonathan
    Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former minister of finance
    Kayode Fayemi, minister of solid minerals development
    Diezani Alison-Madueke, former minister of petroleum
    Mohammed Adoke, former attorney general of the federation
    Bala Mohammed, former FCT minister
    Stella Oduah, ex-minister of aviation
    Godsday Orubebe, former minister of Niger Delta affairs
    Alison Madueke, retired rear admiral and Diezani Alison-Madueke’s husband
    Reuben Abati, ex-special adviser to the president on media and publicity
    Doyin Okupe, former senior special assistant to the president on public affairs
    Abdullahi Dikko, former comptroller-general of Customs
    Walter Onnoghen, chief justice of Nigeria
    Uche Secondus, former acting chairman of the PDP
    Bello Fadile, a retired colonel who served under Sambo Dasuki, former NSA
    Abdul Kafarati, a justice
    Mohammed Tsamiya, a retired justice
Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi
    Idris Wada, former governor of Kogi
    Godswill Akpabio, former governor of Akwa Ibom
    Jonah Jang, former governor of Plateau
    Ali Modu Sherriff, former governor of Borno
    Lucky Igbinedion, former governor of Edo

Yakubu Binuyaminu September 7, 2017
We Must Support Gov. Yahaya Bello to Guarantee a More Secured Environment – Council Boss
 
The people of Central senatorial district of Kogi state has been called upon to complement the effort of the state government in providing adequate security of life and property which had eluded the area in the past.

Addressing members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Adavi local government area during a sallah get-together organized by the Council Administrator, Alhaji Ajoge Abu Enesi, the administrator averred that governor Yahaya Bello has done a lot in the area of security which requires the people to contribute their quota in order to nurture and sustain the feat.

Enesi, who pointed out that in the recent past before the present administration came on board, kidnapping, armed robbery and other criminal activities had almost taken over the state, noted that the proactive measure employed by Governor Bello is gradually ridding the state of such vices.

According to him “In the past nobody can organize an occasion either naming ceremony or wedding in the central senatorial district without seeking permission from the so called area boys and even give them money to avoid them disrupting the ceremony.

“But today nothing of such can happen in the district. Kidnapping and armed robbery became a daily affairs and no body can challenge them. Okene-Lokoja road also became armed robbers den, they robbed freely go on break and return to unleashed terror on travellers, today there are no more cases of armed robbery in any parts of the state.

“People can now sleep with their two eyes closed without fear of being attacked or sporadic gun shut by hoodlums and to continue enjoying this feat we have to contribute our quota by giving useful information to the security agents and be security conscious at all time”

While advising his fellow council’s administrators to diversify their sources of income in order to improve on their internally generated revenue, Honourable Enesi disclosed that his local government has put in motion the establishment of farm centre and revitalization of the abandoned garri processing factories at Nagazi in Adavi to create jobs for the youth as well as generating more revenue for the council.

In his goodwill message, the Special Adviser to Kogi state governor on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Arch. Abdulmumuni Okara charged local government administrators in the state to be transparent and accountable in all their activities so as to record achievements for the people of the grassroot.


Yakubu Binuyaminu September 5, 2017
You Are A Man of Integrity, Pedigree – Gov. Bello Eulogises Okene Administrator
 
Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello has endorsed the Administrator of Okene local government area, Engr. Abdulrazaq Muhammad as the next executive chairman of the Council, Bello gave the endorsement during a thank you visit to the governor by Eziogu clan of Ebiraland. 
 
“I consulted nobody on the surface of earth before you were appointed as Administrator of Okene Local Government, you are a respectable, capable and fine gentleman, you have the political base to win elections yet you kept to your promise.
 
“There is a sharp difference between your administration and the past because under your watch, Okene Local government had witnessed peace, tranquillity and progress. You have performed well during this period of probation and by God’s grace, you will transform from Administrator to Executive Chairman of Okene Local government”, he said.
 
Earlier, in an address delivered by an erudite scholar and academician, Dr Mike Ogirima said Eziogu clan from far and near were at the government house to express their profound gratitude to the governor for appointing their sons, Hon. Abdulrazaq Muhammad and others into various positions in the new direction government.
 
He assured the Governor of their total support and loyalty to his government and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
 
Speaking on behalf of the traditional rulers, Ohi of Eganyi and the Ozumi of Okene prayed for the continued well-being of the governor and the people of Kogi state.
 
They said Eziogu clan are politically active, loyal and committed to a believed struggle and have never been found to have betrayed such in history.
 
“Your Excellency, you have given us good tidings, you have shown us love and we believe in our capacity. We will surely surprise you with love and absolute loyalty”
 
The Director General, Information and Grassroot Sensitization, Hon. Abdulmalik Abdulkareem thanked the governor on behalf of all state appointees of Ogu extraction, while the Administrator of Okene Local government, Engr. Abdulrazaq Muhammad delivered the vote of thanks.
 
Engr. Abdulrazaq expressed his immense gratitude to the governor, whom he described as Al-Amin (the promise keeper) and a worthy boss. He promised to continue to justify the confidence reposed in him by working for the people and deliver the real dividends of democracy to the people of Okene Local government.
 
“Today, you have again endorsed me to become the Executive Chairman of Okene Local government, indeed, you are a promise keeper”, he said.
 
Thousands of Eziogu youths, women, elders, academicians and traditional rulers from far and near attended the occasion.

Yakubu Binuyaminu
Gov. Yahaya Bello: Good Guy, Bad Politician - By Eneye
Gov. Yahaya Bello
Gov. Yahaya Bello
Kogi state has never been blessed with good leadership as far as I’m concerned, it is just unfortunate Governor Yahaya Bello’s flaws is highly emphasized and overstated due to the unnecessary and needless enemies he created for himself, all due to to his lack of political skills and arrogance.
Buhari is a good person, but when it comes to playing politics, he’s not that good. Likewise, Governor Yahaya Bello (GYB) is not a good politician, he doesn’t choose his battles carefully, I don’t know who are the people advising him but it’s either they’re not doing a good job or he’s simply not listening to advices. The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.
 
He dissipate so much energy on a needless venture rather than focusing on governance. His aides are not helping matters also, one controversy to another, misinformation, and lack of coordination.
Ignoring Dino would’ve been his best move, if not befriending him. Dino is known for his big mouth, he shouldn’t have taken him serious. Dino however would’ve been a strong ally, but now he’s a formidable enemy.
 
Dino is someone who can be bought literally, forget his “fighting for the people” hypocrisy, GYB would’ve simply agreed to his request on who to appoint as Okun administrator or whatever their issue is. If he intends to win next election, it would’ve been the best move, Dino would gladly campaign for him like he did before.
 
GYB obviously have no friends (with few exceptions), Kogi APC is not on his side, and shouldn’t even be, there are 3 senators in Kogi, 2 of them are PDP, only Dino is APC, yet GYB wants to have him recalled, it’s not in any way a logical move to do and APC can’t possibly support him.
 
The workers and students are not happy with him, with the screening being the root of all evil in his administarion, then the Strikes, though the demands of the lecturers are a little bit inconsiderate, he is the governor, it’s his job to compromise to whatever their demand is. People will not consider your stance as the governor, but sympathize with lecturers rather. But in my honest opinion, Both GYB and lecturers share equal blame. GYB has compromised, it’s time for lecturers to follow suit.
 
I don’t know his plans against the next election, but i want to believe he have a plan to change all these, if not, he can kiss Lugard house goodbye. Kogi is a civil service state, the workers and students, comprises of about almost 70% of voters, if they’re not happy with you, there’s a problem.
 
When controversies and hunger trumps reasoning, no one will care if you build roads, or increase the revenue of the state, or not marginalizing anyone. Workers welfare shouldve been his utmost priority, otherwise people won’t notice any good thing. It is only when the stomach is filled, one can see things clearly.
 
Even losing considerable amount of support of his own people, which is the Ebira people, a grave danger and something he should really be pondering about. Honestly, he has a long way to go, but i really pray he set his house in order before it’s too late. I don’t care about him per se, but he represent a people, if he fails, we fail, and that’ll will create more problem and difficulty for any Ebira man who intends to run again.
 
So it’s not in our best interest for him to fail, or anyone else’s, as some is hoping for. I wish the circumstances were different, but I’d rather not vote, than vote against him. He might not be a political genius as one might’ve hoped, but so far he’s not marginalizing any tribe in the state as the previous administrations have been experts on, in my book, he’s doing fairly well (well, i.e if we decide to forget the screening nemesis).
 
“Men in general judge more by the sense of sight than by the sense of touch, because everyone can see but few can test by feeling. Everyone sees what you seem to be, few know what you really are; and those few do not dare take a stand against the general opinion.” – Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince.
 
– Isa Eneye Mubarak
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Yakubu Binuyaminu July 7, 2017
We Are Ready to Reconcile With Gov. Bello – Faleke
By Musa Tanimu Nasidi.
 
Deputy governorship candidate in November 2015 Kogi governorship election, Hon. James Abiodun Faleke has said he is ready to reconcile with Governor Yahaya Bello if he can pay civil servants salaries and open all the tertiary institutions in the state.
 
 
 
Faleke made the declaration in Abuja while answering questions from journalists at the end of Kogi West All Progressive Congress (APC) stakeholders meeting.
 
He said the efforts currently been made by the national secretariat of the party to reconcile the warring factions at this period is a welcome development.
 
“Reconciliation can only be achieved in a give and take terms, and one of the key issue we will like to put before the committee will include payment of workers and,pensioners salaries among other issues,” he said.
 
According to Faleke, Governor Bello is already destined to be the Governor of Kogi state, and should have taken the onerous advantage to serve God and humanity.
 
“It is an obvious fact that Alhaji Yahay Bello is the Governor of Kogi state, and the luckiest in terms of funds accrued to Kogi State in the history of governance in the state, there must be no reason whatsoever why the state’s physical and infrastructural development is retarded.
 
“He should also remember that whatever he is doing as governor is tenured, ‎the question he should be prepared to ask himself is what has he achieved, while evaluating his score card,”  he added.
Faleke equally advised the ‎governor to quickly resolve the issues that led to the continuous closure of the state tertiary institutions.
 
“Can you imagine that the Kogi state University at Ayingba, has been converted to where people now dry their cashew nuts? A citadel of knowledge for that matter! I am not just making this up, we went there and we have pictures.”
 
He therefore noted that the Audu/Faleke blueprint for the state is still available for the governor to use.
“The people of the ‎state want to see development and true New Direction, victimising perceived opposition or social critics can only make the government unpopular before the people.  The only way to  make your government popular is by shutting your critics up through massive infrastructural, physical and human development,” Faleke said.
 
The stakeholders meeting was presided over by the Deputy Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Umar Buba Jibril.

Yakubu Binuyaminu April 12, 2017
PDP youth leader docked in Kogi
LOKOJA—THE National Co-coordinator, Youth Frontier of Peoples Democratic Party, Usman Austin, has been arraigned before a Lokoja chief magistrate’s court for alleged incitement, disturbance, criminal defamation, causing disappearance of evidence and sedition.

The alleged crimes are contrary to Sections 104, 392, 416 and 167 of the Penal Code Law. According to the Police First Information Report, FIR, the accused was alleged to have made some online publication which are false and blackmailed the state governor, Yahaya Bello, and his cabinet. It further alleged that Okai Austin was equally responsible for false publication, labelling the governor a disaster and a pain to the state. Chief Magistrate Levi Animoku held: “Considering the interest of the state and the public, I have to apply caution to enable the prosecution to conclude investigation and, subsequently, refused the bail application.” He adjourned the case to April 13 for mentioning and ordered the accused to be taken into police custody, pending the adjourned day.

Yakubu Binuyaminu
IPAC wades into crisis between Gov. Bello, APC leadership in Kogi

Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in Kogi, has waded into the crisis between Gov. Yahaya Bello and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

 

Ephraim Medupin, the state chairman of IPAC, told journalists on Wednesday in Lokoja that the group could no longer fold its arms and allow the masses bear the brunt of the crisis.

He said that the role of IPAC was to improve the deteriorating relationship between the governor and the party that produced him.

He said the criticism of the governor by some APC stalwarts in Abuja on January 27 when Mr. Bello was celebrating his one year in office in Lokoja was an indication of the sour relationship between them.

“The electorate must be spared from further distress and avoidable harassment arising from the crisis,” he said.

Mr. Medupin said that IPAC would not be party to any crisis capable of breaching the peace and stability of the state.

He urged the warring factions to embrace the opportunity of alternative dispute resolution being offered by IPAC.

He said the state IPAC in collaboration with its national headquarters, would fashion out ways to reconcile Bello and the leadership of the APC in Kogi.

Mr. Medupin appealed to the governor and the leadership of the party in the state to sheath their sword and seek the assistance of the national leadership of the party to resolve their differences.
He warned against an attempt by a section of the party to pull the down the government.
(NAN)

Yakubu Binuyaminu February 9, 2017
Kogi Screening: My role in Employment Of WASC Holder as Medical Officer – Dr. Philips Salawu Omeiza.
By AbdulSalam Muhammad

The former, Kogi State Deputy Governor, Dr. Phillips Omeiza Salawu, weekend explained his role in the employment of WASC holder as medical officer while in office. 

 

Dr Salawu in an exclusive interview with Vanguard in Kano statedthat it is the custom of the political offices like the Governor and Deputy Governor’s Office to create employments upon assumption of office by the principal.

Dr Salawu said that he created some offices “including P. A., S. A., Press Secretary, Director of Protocol, Medical Officer, Hair Dresser, Barber, Chief Security Officer, Office Assistant, etc. as obtainable in the Governor’s Office. ”

Phillips Salawu stressed that “these offices were political and their occupants were not there on merit but on political considerations.”

Offering details of the inner workings of the arrangement, the former Deputy Governor revealed that “the salary grade levels of such officers had no bearings with their paper qualifications because consideration was mainly political.”

Salawu further revealed that “at the time his tenure was wounding up my political staff that wished to work in Civil Service were advised to reapply and be considered for Civil Service Placements”

Consequently, “those successful applicants for the Civil Service employments were later given appropriate letters reflecting their experience and paper qualifications.”

Dr Philips Salawu disclosed that “what happened in the case of one Mrs. Vivian Salawu who was politically placed as a medical officer and when the tenure of the Deputy Governor was expiring, she later got reviewed to a clerical staff, downgraded from her former political status of grade level 13.”

Accordingly, “the clerical level letter of appointment is what is required for the current screening exercise and not the political employment letter which had ceased at the expiration of the tenure of the Deputy Governor.”
Explaining his frustration while in office, Dr Philips Salawu revealed that “my office was humiliated as all political staff members were not on consolidated salary scale as obtainable in the then Governor’s Office and what was given to his staff were the enhanced grade levels which were no near the monetary values of the consolidated salary scales of the political staff in the then Deputy Governor’s Office. ”

He explained that “it is on record that all the political staff in the then Deputy Governor’s Office who wanted to get employed into Civil Service were regularized at least 3 months to the exit date of the Deputy Governor and they continued in the Civil Service till date as real workers and not as ghost workers”

Dr Philips Salawu dismissed as “demonic blackmail against his the great personality and that of his wife Mrs Vivian narratives before the Kogi screening appeal committee”

The former Deputy Governor declared that “the grade level 13 employment letter being paraded by Mrs. Vivian Salawu was a political appointment and she had since for the past 5 years been degraded to her proper clerical level on which she should be cleared in the screening exercise as a bonafide staff and not a ghost worker”

Source: Vanguardngr.com

Yakubu Binuyaminu February 6, 2017
Faleke doesn’t represent interest of Kogi people
The Director General on Media and Publicity to the Governor of Kogi State, Kingsley Fanwo has urged the people of the state to discountenance the purported allegations against Governor Yahaya Bello at the Presidency by James Abiodun Faleke, saying the legislator cannot speak for the people of Kogi State. He said: “The attention of the Media Office of the Governor has been drawn to some spurious allegations by one Mr. James Faleke, who allegedly visited the Presidency to report to the Governor.

“As far as we are concerned, Mr. Faleke doesn’t represent the interest of the Kogi people and therefore morally unfit to speak for us as a people until he resigns his membership of the House of Representatives where he is representing the people of Ikeja Constituency in the Green Chambers.

“Kogites know the policy direction of the Alh. Yahaya Bello administration which is strengthening the development foundation of the state in readiness for the industrial revolution that is knocking at our doors. Within a year, the present administration has turned the state to a place of hope, development and a construction hub. Kingsley Fanwo “Faleke must be reminded that the Kogi project is a collective will of the Kogi people to drag the state from the murky muds of underdevelopment to a state that is capable of competing for glory in the comity of states. Governor Yahaya Bello will not be distracted.

As Faleke was showing off his untamed desperation for the impossible in Lagos, Kogites were celebrating the commissioning of development monuments in Kogi State. “We urge the Lagos representative to work for the progress of his motherland and desist from the naked dance on the tomb of disgrace. Nobody can lay a media siege on the state as the Governor has been responding to the enemies of the Kogi people with solid performances”.

Fanwo said the state has been recording giant strides in many sectors, as gateway to economic transformation, assuring the people of the state of a glorious 2017 in all fronts. “The road constructions across the state are in advanced stage. We have commissioned our Revenue House, one of the best and biggest in Nigeria. We have also commissioned our Sustainable Development Goals building. The state has been honoured as one of the few states in pursuit of the development goals. We have commissioned structures in our College of Health Technology, Idah and many will be commissioned across the state in a couple of months.

“With our efforts in the areas of infrastructural upscaling and agricultural revolution, this government is confident of going down memory lane as the best ever in the state’s history”. He urged “political warlords” to ceasefire and join the Governor in consolidating on the gains of his first year in office, saying the Omi Dam Irrigation Farming is capable of generating over 50,000 direct jobs and solve the food puzzles of the nation.

Source: Vanguardngr.com

Yakubu Binuyaminu
Tinubu is our leader, says Kogi Gov Bello

Berates Dino Melaye

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, yesterday pledged his loyalty to the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, saying the state under him has continued to benefit from Tinubu’s wealth of experience.




Bello also affirmed his respect for the party hierarchy.

But he berated Senator Dino Melaye (Kogi West) for what he called the Senator’s unbridled media attack on his (Bello’s) person.

The governor spoke through his Special Adviser on Political Matters, Pius Kolawole, at a press conference in Lokoja,the state capital.

The people of Kogi West, Bello stressed, have never had it so good in the state with their sons occupying such positions as Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and some key ministries unlike what obtained in the previous administration in Kogi.

He expressed surprise that instead of representing the interest of his people at the National Assembly well, Senator Melaye has been busy fighting ‘a selfish and egocentric’ cause.
He was particularly shocked by the alleged religious coloration which Melaye imputed into some of his (governor’s) actions.

Such imputations, he claimed, were capable of creating tension in an otherwise religiously tolerant state, like Kogi.

Kolawole, who was with the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Political Matters, Bello Abdullahi added: “Coming back home, we wish to reaffirm for the umpteenth time that His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello remains the number one leader of the APC in Kogi State, and there is no type of gimmicks adopted by Senator Dino Melaye and his cohorts can do.

“His Excellency also knows and recognises Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the National Leader of our great party, the APC. We respect him, and we tapped from his resources and wealth of experience.
“We are also loyal to him and respect constituted authorities of the party. We will also stand by the authority and resist anyone that tries to use these resources negatively.

“The people Kogi West have not enjoyed any dividend of good representation from Dino since he was sent to the National Assembly.

“All he does is to engage in useless fight with colleagues and associates. Where is the quality representation he promised his people?

“Governor Yahaya Bello has flagged off numerous projects in the senatorial district which Dino is supposed to be representing, yet he doesn’t see anything good in the government, simply because the governor has refused to be used to achieve the selfish interest by Dino Melaye”.

Yakubu Binuyaminu February 5, 2017
Faleke raises alarm over discontent in Kogi
Mr James Faleke, member of the House of Representatives and Deputy Governorship candidate to late Audu Abubakar, has criticised the leadership style of Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi.

Faleke, who was answering questions from newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday, after a closed door meeting with the acting President Yemi Osinbajo, noted that the state party structure under which Bello rode to power was crumbling.

According to him, an attempt by the governor to fish out ghost workers has pitched him against those opposing his administration in the state.

“We came to the Presidency to let the Federal Government know what is happening in Kogi state as regards the fortunes of the party, the way it is dwindling day by day as regards the civil servants, the welfare of the people and their relationship with the state government.

“We specifically came to let the Presidency know so that when elections come and the party loses, no one should be blamed. We want an intervention from the Federal Government to find a way forward in this situation.

“The Governor of the state should recognize those who worked for the party and made the party to be successful. It is one thing to be victorious at the court level and another thing to carry the people along.

“I want to use this opportunity to urge the Governor to carry the people along. This is the fifth time he is setting up a committee to review staff strength with so many screening every day, people are dying,’’ he said.

He said something needed to be done to salvage the situation, especially at a time when the pangs of recession were being felt by the people.

He allegedly accused the governor of implementing anti-people policies, some of which were having negative effects on the people of the state.

According to Faleke, the setting up of numerous staff screening committees whose reports he has not deemed fit to implement was unnecessary and diversionary.

Faleke, who lost in an appeal case against Bello, urged him to carry the people along in articulating his policies, especially those that built the party structure in the State.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Faleke was accompanied on the visit by some prominent citizens of the state including former ministers, former ambassadors, former National Assembly members and other important stakeholders in the state.

Source: vanguardngr.com

Yakubu Binuyaminu February 1, 2017
11 Reasons To Vote Hon. Isa Oyambai aka White Lion for House Of Assembly, Adavi L.G.A (APC).

Before I start my listings on anything let's go to real meaning of house of assembly before we know who is really suitable for the position.

 

 


What is House Of Assembly?
 
As seen on wikipedia the free encyclopedia:- House of Assembly is a name given to the legislature or lower house of a bicameral parliament. In some countries this may be at a sub-national level.

Democracy has spoken. The true heroes of this day are we the people of Ebiraland. Even the incumbent couldn't withstand the wind of change the Democratic process has brought upon the people of Ebiraland.

For my fellow people of Adavi Local Government Area, this doesn't stop there. We have to go a step further and Vote the well and truly competent Isa Oyambai of the All Progressive Congress (APC). To represent us at the state level. (House of Assembly).

We have to put an end to the current situation on ground in Adavi local government area of kogi state. The supporting and the continuity of the good governance provided to us all by the current governor Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello.

So let me go directly to the top reasons to vote the White Lion Of Ebiraland (Hon. Isa Oyambai of APC)

  •  He is a young man and would be more compassionate:  He will be considerate and more mature in his decisions. He will be compassionate to people's suffering and misfortunes and he will act when needed to protect the interest of the public.
  •  He is a disciplined person: Hon White lion is less likely to compromise on his principles or let other people ride him if he is voted in. He is also not the kind of person that follows others but rather a natural born leader.
  •  Adavi L.G.A has the most corrupt governance over the past years, judging from the percentage of ghost workers listed in the Governor Yahaya Bello led administrative screening exercise. He's here to cancel all that.
  •  Adavi L.G.A deserves Special Status as Economic Capital of Ebiraland and Kogi State.
  •  He is under the cabinet of All Progressive Congress (APC): Adding more value to his representatives in office if his voted in, this will be given him the full chance to deliberate with the Governor about what we his people needed.
  •  60% of Nationally collected Value Added Tax (VAT) of Ebiraland is from Adavi L.G.A, Yet Adavi gets no mush preference from State and Federal Government when sharing. He's here to free us from all that.
  •  Adavi L.G.A hardly benefit from Ecological funds. Even though it needs it more than any other local gov. In kogi state.
  •  PDP will only reverse the trend of progress. We have seen what they can do at the state level and FG level.
  •  Rehabilitation: Roads, Gutters, and bridges in Adavi local government need rehabilitation. He can speak for us in the house.
  •  Prosperity of Ebiraland and Kogi State is tied to the prosperity of Adavi L.G.A. This is Common sense politics.
  •  Hon. White Lion is not too money conscious: Unlike some other politicians, he is known as a very good business man and he is not seen as a money conscious in his business line, as much as his competitors who might just want to get power for the sake of money. He seems to be more concerned about keeping his good name rather than acquiring riches, and Adavi, Ebiraland, Kogi and the whole Nigeria needs men like that.

This is the chance for all Ebira people to get what they really deserve.

VOTE Hon. Isa Oyambai (White Lion) House Of Assembly (2019) Adavi LGA under the umbrella of All Progressive Congress (APC). And we all shall be freed in Adavi L.G.A.

If not White Lion; Then Who?

Yakubu Binuyaminu January 23, 2017
Kogi State’s ex-Speakers chide screening committee boss for defying House of Assembly’s invitation
 
Two former speakers of the Kogi House of Assembly, Clarence Olafemi and Abdullahi Bello, have condemned the action of the state screening committee chairman for demeaning the power of the legislature when he failed to honour its invitation.

The duo also cautioned Governor Yahaya Bello against shielding any of his subordinates from appearing before the House when invited as this would amount to trampling on the constitution.
The House had on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, directed the committee to submit its report to it within 24 hours following a motion of urgent public importance moved by Mr. Friday Sanni, member, representing Igalamela/Odolu Constituency.
 
 In a letter sent to the House, which was read by the Majority Leader, Matthew Kolawole, the committee chairman said since the report had been submitted to the governor, the House should direct its request to him for further actions.
 Olafemi, apparently piqued by the tone of the letter, said the power of the Assembly could even enforce a warrant of arrest of the officer.

He said: “Because the House of Assembly is made up of representatives of all the component parts of the state, it has the full power to investigate matters affecting the state.

“That power is not ambiguous. It has the power to invite even a non-indigene and this is not the first time we are having controversies surrounding invitation.

“So, the power of the Assembly has been subjected to test and it has been confirmed that it has that power.”

Bello, on his part, said the committee boss could be pardoned because he might be acting out of ignorance and does not know the implication.

He added: “For the benefit of those who are ignorant of the constitution, I will state very clearly that all state Houses of Assembly in Nigeria with particular reference to Kogi State derive their existence and powers from the 1999 Constitution.

“Section 103 of the constitution is very clear as relating to the power of the Assembly to set up committees and when they set up committee, what they do with it, Section 128 of the constitution gave them the power of investigation.”

Source: Gardian.ng

Yakubu Binuyaminu
Perm. Secs, Directors to Account for Expenses on Ghost Workers – Kogi Govt.
 
Permanent secretaries and directors will be made to answer for the billions of Naira spent on 8, 879 ghost workers recently uncovered in the payroll of Kogi, the government has said.

In a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mrs Petra Akinti-Onyegbule, in Lokoja on Wednesday, the government said the ghost workers collected over N16 billion as salary and allowances in 13 years.

Akinti-Onyegbule said that the ghost workers were discovered  by a staff screening and verification committee set up by the state government.

“For this figure, permanent secretaries, directors of local government and treasurers and other key senior personnel will be made to answer for the funds expended on them over the years,”’ she said.

Akinti-Onyegbule said 43,522 workers passed the screening  while 32,753 others were not cleared.

“That a worker is uncleared is not the same as having been declared a ghost worker. Ghost workers are those without a face but whose names were used over the years to siphon funds.

“For people who have been placed on the uncleared list, all they need to do is prove they deserve to be cleared.

“We have a few cases of omission of names. Uncleared workers and those omitted will be given one last chance of clearing their status. The schedule of appearance will be announced between now and Jan. 23,” she said.

Akinti-Onyegbule said the exercise was not mere screening but aimed at the total overhaul of the civil service system with a view to putting it in good stead for quality service delivery.

She admitted that the exercise caused some pains to workers but added that they would be its greatest beneficiaries.

The spokesperson said although the exercise had made the administration of Gov. Yahaya Bello unpopular to some extent the government was happy doing the right thing for the system.

“A good leader is not one who should necessarily be loved while he is working.

“A good leader is one who is not afraid to take tough decisions for the ultimate good of his people.

“A good leader is one who moves when he should even if it means stepping on toes in the process, “ she explained.

The staff verification has placed the government at loggerheads with workers.

In spite of workers’ opposition, the government insists on implementing the recommendations of the committee which carried out the assignment to sanitise the service.

The government accuses those involved in the payment of salaries to ghost workers of using public resources to enrich themselves to the detriment of the youth.

(NAN)

Yakubu Binuyaminu January 20, 2017
Tension in Kogi As Screening Committee Chairman Fails to Honour Assembly Request
By Olatunde Odimayo.

There was mild drama on Thursday at the Kogi State House of Assembly when the chairman of the staff screening and verification committee, Alhaji Yakubu Okala failed to send the screening report to the house of Assembly as requested on Tuesday.

In a letter sent to the house, and read by the majority leader Mathew Kolawole, Alhaji Okala said the report has been been submitted to the governor.

According to the letter, the committee had already been disbanded, saying that since the report has been submitted to the governor,  the house should direct their request to the Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello for further actions.

However,  the Speaker,  Rt. Honourable Umar  Imam  directed the joint committee on pension,  judiciary and local government to forward a letter to the  chairman of staff screening and verification committee, Alhaji Yakubu Okala in his personal capacity as former chairman to forward the final report to the August Assembly latest Monday 23 January 2017.

Recall that the House on Tuesday 17th January 2017, directed the committee to submit it report to the 6th assembly within 24 hours following a motion of urgent public importance moved by the member representing Igalamela-Odolu constituency, Honorable Friday Sanni Makama.

Honourable Friday Sanni, who tagged his motion “save the soul of Kogi workers”, said he was constrained to move this motion  considering the overwhelming evidences of non-payment of state and local government workers in the state and the consuming suffering that is perpetually leading to high poverty status,  disease,  and death of their people.

He stated clearly before his colleagues that, the screening that started since the inception of the current administration has lingered on without an end. Honourable Makama expressed concern that both the initial failed exercise by the screening committee and the second screening exercise by the re-screening were both incapacitated, hence failed to deliver workers in the state from the current unbearable situation.

Source: KogiReports.....

Yakubu Binuyaminu