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September 6, 2018

Party Primaries; Kogi APC Adopts Indirect Primaries

By Halimat Isah and Mohammed Yabagi

The leadership of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State has adopted the option of indirect delegates primaries in the forthcoming party's primaries to field candidates for the various elective positions in next year's general elections.

The resolution was unanimously reached by members of the party at the Executive Council (NEC) meeting that held on Wednesday in Government House, Lokoja.

Addressing party faithful, Governor Yahaya Bello urged aspirants interested in standing for elective positions to go ahead and purchase their intent forms as the government does not have anointed candidates as widely presumed by members of the public.

Governor Bello assured that the party would create a level playing ground for all aspirants to test their popularity, and promised to work with whoever eventually emerged from whatever methodology agreed by leaders and members of the party on how candidates should emerge.

Governor Bello says; "Forms are on sale, feel free to purchase. Every member of the party and aspirants alike are all my people. 

"The insinuations that some aspirants have been anointed by me are false. I will not anoint anyone. We are ready to make the process free, fair and credible. I will eventually support whoever you decide to select as our party's candidate," he added.

According to the Governor, the interest of the party is to sweep all the elective positions on offer with a landslide in the coming elections, describing the NEC meeting as the first meeting that has held as Governor.

He further warned all the party executives in the state to desist from all forms of extortion from  aspirants with the promise of securing party ticket for them, adding that anyone found engaging in the illegal act would face the full wrath of the law.

"The era of extorting money from aspirants with the aim of influencing the outcome of primaries in their favour is over. I have been a victim of extortion in the past and I know how it feels. Don't take advantage of anyone seeking public office. Let's allow them equal opportunity and rally round anyone who emerges the flag bearer."

Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Rt Hon Matthew Kolawole had earlier applauded the decision of the APC family to hold the NEC meeting, stressing that it was an avenue for leaders and members of the party to harmonise and come up with concrete resolution on their choice method for the party's forthcoming primaries. 

He particularly lauded the Governor for giving all party faithful the opportunity to air their views, adding that the decision to choose indirect primaries was a step in the right direction. 

Speaking, recently elected member of the Federal House of Representatives for Lokoja/Kogi Federal Constituency, Hon Haruna Isah had described the decision of an indirect primaries as laudable one in view of the myriad of challenges being faced in the authentication of accurate membership of the party. 

The Chief of Staff to the Governor, Hon Edward Onoja had earlier told the gathering that the APC was not ready to jeopardize its chances at the primaries, stressing that love of the party has continued to soar under the current administration as it has gained over 500, 000 foot soldiers in the various Local Government Areas of Kogi State.

"We have agreed as a party that our choice is indirect primaries. Let's save our party the challenges of direct primaries. I would align myself with the option proposed, which is indirect primaries and avoid sponsored individuals who would want to disorganize the process and infiltrate the APC," he said.

Hon. Onoja expressed optimism that the peace witnessed in the various congress elections in the state would be replicated in the party's primaries and called for team work and synergy amongst members.

On his part, Chairman of the party in Kogi State, Hon Abdullahi Bello had lauded members of the APC for their peaceful disposition and commitment towards ensuring overwhelming victory at the polls, and assured of the party's commitment towards a transparent process. 

He praised Governor Bello for his dedication towards the cause of the APC, assuring of the party's preparedness towards ensuring convincing victories at the polls.
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June 9, 2018

APC is Sick – Dino Melaye

APC is Sick – Dino Melaye

By Ifreke Inyang 

The Senator representing Kogi west senatorial district, Dino Melaye has said that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is sick.

Melaye stated this while speaking on Channels TV programme on Friday.

The lawmaker, who is a member of the APC, said the party is “suffering from what I call a dreadful continental abnormality.”

This comes after one week, when he hinted that he might defect to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Melaye said he does not have a problem with the party, “but my party may have a problem with Nigerians, because of the way it is presently being run.

“I will not run away from the fact that the APC is sick. And it’s not only sick but is equally suffering from what I call a dreadful continental abnormality.

“There is a need for amelioration. There is no doubt the APC is sick.”
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May 13, 2018

Ishaq Asuku Express Satisfaction With Conduct of APC Congress in Adavi

Ishaq Asuku Express Satisfaction With Conduct of APC Congress in Adavi

By Josiah Aliyu.

House of Assembly aspirant, Ishaq Asuku Ilyas has expressed satisfaction with the local government congress of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adavi.

Asuku made this known on Saturday after the congress that took place at the party secretariat along Kabba Junction.

He commended APC faithful for their “maturity, peaceful disposition and the orderly manner the congresses was conducted.”

He noted that the atmosphere was peaceful, devoid of violence and done in a most friendly manner.
According to him, “The APC has once again risen to the occasion and proven to be a party of choice for Adavians and Kogi central senatorial district at large. Our members displayed maturity and shamed apostles of doom.”

He further wished the elected Local government party executive success in their new assignment charge them to be agents of new direction.
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May 7, 2018

APC Congress: Crisis Brews in Largest Ward in Okene, Leaders Write Gov Bello

All is not well with the ward congresses by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi state as executives of Abuga-Ozuga, the largest ward in Okene local government area, said the outcome may lead to electoral loss in 2019.
In a protest letter sent to Governor Yahaya Bello, the 26-man executives alleged that members of opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have hijacked the party from founding APC members.

The Abuga-Ozuga ward executives lamented that they have not benefited from their efforts to bring about 'change' in Kogi state. They alleged that dividends of democracy had continued to elude them and other founding members of the party.

In the letter, the executives and stakeholders alleged that Gov. Bello had earlier directed that the loyalists be retained but some Lokoja-based politicians did otherwise, allotting ward executive positions to 'strangers'. They warned that the party stand the risk of losing next elections if the executives are disposed of.

However, the Managing Director of Kogi ADP, Mr Oyisi Okatahi, who hails from Abuga-Ozuga ward, has appealed to the stakeholders.

He urged them to remain calm as he has escalated the problem to Governor Yahaya Bello. He stated that lack of internal democracy and injustice was dividing the party but a solution will be worked out.

Abuga-Ozuga ward has the largest number of registered voters in Okene local government, the home of Gov. Bello.

Source: Ebirareporters.
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February 17, 2018

No More PDP in Kogi, Says Gov Bello

Kogi State Governor, Alh Yahaya Bello says the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has taken over Kogi state, and ended the existence of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in the state. 
Gov Bello declared this when he received decampees from the PDP at the APC Mega rally held on Saturday at the state capital, Lokoja.

According to him, the major pillars of the PDP have all decamped from the party to the APC. 

"This is a confirmation that APC is grounded in Kogi State," he said. 
He extolled the strides of President Muhammadu Buhari which he said, endeared other party 
stalwarts to pich their tent with the progressives.

On his part, the National Chairman of the APC, John Odigie Oyegun commended the efforts of the Governor,  describing him as a strategist at the critical party activities. 

The rally marked the official welcoming of former PDP Chieftain in the state, Alh Yahaya Karaku and his loyalists. 
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Ametuo Remains Kogi APC Chairman, National Leadership Declares

Ametuo Remains Kogi APC Chairman, National Leadership Declares

By Amuda Dan Sulaiman FAB.
The National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bolaji Abdullahi, has dismissed reports that the State Executive Committee (SEC) of the Party in Kogi State has been suspended.
According to him, the reports did not emanate from the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party or any of its organs vested with the constitutional power to do so.
Abdullahi, who made this known to journalists in Abuja on Friday. said: “Our attention has been drawn to a story on a National Television that the State Executive Committee (SEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State has been suspended.
“We want to state that this action does not emanate from the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party or any of its organs so empowered to do so.
“Although, there are issues within the party in Kogi State and the NWC has empowered a committee to investigate the issues and make recommendations, the NWC has not been appropriately briefed on the outcome of the committee’s work and therefore has not taken any decision.
“In this wise, we affirm that the State Working Committee of APC in Kogi State led by the Chairman, Alhaji Haddy Ametuo remains the only recognised executive committee of the party in the State until the appropriate organ of the party decides otherwise in accordance with the procedure laid down by the party constitution.
“We wish to affirm that whether in Kogi or elsewhere, the NWC will ensure that justice is done to all concerned and will be guided by the constitution of the party and the best interest of the party. At the moment, we believe this action, purportedly sacking the Kogi executive is prejudicial and incongruous with the party’s desires for reconciliation.
“We enjoin all party members at all levels to desist from taking unilateral actions.
In is own reaction, the embattled APC chairman, Alhaji Haddy Ametuo, fingered the Kogi State Governor,Yahaya Bello as the brain behind the plot to unseat the state executive committee, saying that the governor cannot remove them on the pages of newspapers.
He said all the governor’s effort to unseat them had always hit the rock warning that Bello should stop using the state resources for frivolities.
“ Bello should face his woes and tackle the over 20 months salary arrears owed the state workers instead of unnecessary distractions.
“Why is Bello in a hurry to remove us, after all, our President, Muhammadu Buhari has appointed our highly revered national leader, Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu to resolve all the crisis in the party nationwide.
“Thank God, the party leadership who knows that we are democratically elected had spoken,” Ametuo said.
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Full List Of Replacements For Sacked Kogi APC Exco

A new list of officials who are replacement for the removed Kogi State All Progressive Congress (APC) party executives has been released.
In a statement sent to Kogireports, the new officials are replacements for the sacked executive.
Tthe Haddy Ametuo-led leadership of Kigu APC was dissolved yesterday via a statement by the North Central Executive of the party that sat over a petition levied against the former officials.
According to the statement, the former officials were found wanting of allegations levied and hereby removed. Senior officials of the party in the state were asked to take over the affairs of the party pending when a stakeholders meeting would be convened by the north central executives.
The list of the new party officials to however run the affairs of the party in the state as made available to the Kogireports include:
1. Hon. Ahovi Salam Ibrahim….Zonal Vice Chairman Central to State Acting Chairman to replace Alh. Haddy Ametuo
2. Abdulrahman Ibrahim…Kogi LGA Welfare Officer1 to Acting Deputy Chairman to replace Osune Shaibu.
3. Mr. Bola Oshe Ward Chairman to State Acting Treasurer to replace Adesoye Ismaila
4.Billy Aliu Onumoko… Okene LG ex-Officio to State Acting Assistant Treasurer to replace Abdulkadir Yahaya.
5. Jacob Adekunle…Legal Adviser….Yagba East LGA to replace JN. Molemodile Esq
6. Ibrahim A.Abuh was the formal vice chairman of Apc Olamaboro now acting chairman.
7. THANKGOD ATTAH was the acting secretary now state Acting Assistant secretary. To replace Anjorin
8. Abubakar Usman…Local Govt Youth Leader(Ajaokuta) to Welfare Officer. To replace Abubakar Momoh Adamu
9. Adaji Ainokoh…. Ex-Officio to Acting State Organizing Secretary to replace Isah Abubakar.
10. Lukman Onekata…Local Govt Auditor(Ajaokuta) to State PRO to replace Ghali Nda Usman
11. Muhazab Aminu Obajimoh…Local Govt Treasurer(Okehi) to Chairman Okehi LGA to replace Dauda Momoh Jimoh.
12. Abdulrhman Husseini…Okene LG Vice Chairman to Okene LGA chairman to replace Haruna O Dauda
13. Oyibo Barnabas… Adavi LG Secretary to Adavi LG Chairman to replace Musa Ohiane
11. Mr. Jacob Isaac Segun formally Auditor3. To Zonal Youth Leader West…Mopamuro LGA to replace Oyebode Makinde
12. Tosin Fadunmo. To Yagba East LGA Chairman to replace Bashiru Shuaibu
13. Arc. Sunday Lawal Aina… Formally Ex-Officio to Acting Local Govt Party Secretary.
14. Madam Hawa Ibrahim…Local Govt. Women Leader to Zonal Women Leader Central to replace Hajarat Adamu Aliu
15. Abu Adejor… PRO Omala LGA to Acting Chairman Omala LGA to replace Danjuma Baba
16. Ahmed Attah Deputy Youth Leader to Acting Zonal Vice chairman East to replace Isa Daniel
17. Muhammed Jibril…Financial Secretary Lokoja LGA to State Acting Assistant Financial Secretary to replace Bozi Attati
18. Mohammed Ndababo…Lokoja LGA PRO to State Acting Assistant Organizing Secretary to replace Muhammed S. Lawal
19. Ibrahim A. Abuh…Vice Chairman Olamaboro to Olamaboro LGA Acting Chairman to replace Dickson Ayada
20. Audu Onuh to Igalamela LGA Acting Chairman to replace Musa Yahau
21. Ishaq Yunusa Abu… Dekina LGA Vice chairman to Acting Chairman Dekina LGA to replace Peter Akuboh
22. Shagari Yahaya Vice Chairman Ofu to Acting Chairman Ofu to replace Abubakar Yunusa
23. ThankGod Omale…Ibaji LGA Acting Chairman to replace Isaac Abah
24. Nasiru Muhammed Alfa Ofu LGA… Zonal Youth Leader East to replace Noah E. Akwu
25. Daku Shigaba Bassa Lga Acting chairman to replace Isaac S. Ibrahim
26. Andrew Audam. Bassa LGA State Acting Financial Secretary to replace Sekpe Daniel.
27. Abdul Yakubu is the former vice chairman Apc Ankpa Lga now the Acting chairman. To replace Abdul K Ahmed
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June 25, 2017

2019: Kogi Central Senate Seat Should Be Reserved for Okehi, Ajaokuta, Ogori-Magongo – Atimah

2019: Kogi Central Senate Seat Should Be Reserved for Okehi, Ajaokuta, Ogori-Magongo – Atimah

Atimah made this call in an exclusive chat with Kogireports.
The former council scribe noted that in the political history of the zone, only two out of the five local governments that made up Kogi Central have been presenting them as Senators.
He noted that indigenes of the five local governments are all brothers and sisters with strong, unbreakable bond. However, he bemoaned a situation where only Okene and Adavi have produced Senators since the political evolution of Kogi Central to date, saying the trend is unfair to brothers and sisters from Okehi, Ajaokuta and Ogori-Magongo.

Atimah called on Governor Yahaya Bello to use his good office and position to establish a fair and equitable distribution of political slots in Kogi Central.

“Governor Yahaya Bello has proven to the whole world that he is a detribalised Kogi indigene by spreading his appointments and development projects evenly across the three senatorial districts in the state. We call on him to replicate this equitable distribution of political offices in Kogi Central so that all local governments in the district can have a sense of belonging.

“As we approach 2019 general elections, I call on all leaders and stakeholders in Kogi Central to consider the three local governments that have not produced Senator for the seat. This will further strengthen our unity and give sense of belonging to everyone in the district.

“It is time for the Senate seat to leave Okene and Adavi. The next beneficiaries should come from Okehi, Ajaokuta or Ogori-Magongo local government areas.

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April 12, 2017

We Are Ready to Reconcile With Gov. Bello – Faleke

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.
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March 4, 2017

Kogi APC mocks Bello on whistle-blowing policy

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State has described the recent whistle-blowing policy introduced by Governor Yahaya Bello as a charade, saying the copycat act is a caricature of President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government policy. 

Gov. Yahaya Bello

The party, in a statement signed by its state Chairman, Alhaji Haddy Ametuo, and made available to journalists in Lokoja, accused the governor of using the policy as smokescreen to cover up corruption that has been thriving under his watch.

“When the leader of our party, President Muhammadu Buhari, introduced the whistle-blowing policy, it was geared towards assisting the government to get valuable information on the recovery of looted funds and assets belonging to the government.

“It is disheartening to hear that the Bello-led government is making mockery of the lofty idea in Kogi State by rewarding those that will expose critics of his government under the disguise of whistle-blower with the sum of N500, 000 of taxpayers’ money.

“It is certainly far from what whistle-blowing concept is all about.”He alleged that the Bello administration was oppressing and intimidating those who worked tirelessly for the victory of party, which he is enjoying today. 

As part of its probity and accountability mandate, the Bello-led government had promised a cash reward of N500, 000 to any person with useful information that could lead to the arrest of criminals and people that spread false information capable of disrupting public peace.

A statement by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mrs. Petra Akinti Onyegbule, in Lokoja said the move was aimed at consolidating the security efforts of the administration and ensuring peace and harmonious relationship amongst the people.

The statement noted that the present administration was out to ensure the reduction of crime and criminality in the state and curb the attitude of some politically sponsored persons who spread false information against the government with a view to causing disquiet and rancour amongst the people.The government promised that every information given would be treated with utmost confidentiality.

Source: The  Guardian.
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February 9, 2017

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.
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January 28, 2017

Kogi APC crisis deepens as protesters flay Dino, Faleke.

The crisis rocking the Kogi State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) took a new turn on Friday when some members protest against the activities of Sen.Dino Melaye and Rep. Abiodun Faleke.

The peaceful protest which was held at Kabba was  led by the state Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria ( ALGON), Mr Taufiq Isah, who denounced Sen. Dino Melaye and Hon. Abiodun Faleke for working against the interest of the party.

Melaye currently represents Kogi West senatorial district in the Senate while Faleke was the running mate to the late Gov.Abubakar Audu and also represents Ifako -Ijaiye Federal constituency of Lagos State in the House of Representatives.

They accused them of working against the interest of the Yoruba speaking people of Kogi State and urged them to desist.

The protesters also carried their grievances to the palaces of traditional rulers in Okunland and appealed to them to call the duo to order.

“Their utterances and actions are against the development of the various communities in the western senatorial district of the state, “ Isa,  said.

The protesters later assembled at Kabba where a communique issued at the end of a stakeholders meeting was read by Isah.

In the communique , the stakeholder “denounce, reject and disown in all ramifications all action, utterances and activities that are inimical to the progress and development of Okun people”.

It denounced actions and utterances against the administrations of President Muhamadu Buhari and Alhaji Yahaya Bello and their new direction policies.

“Their actions are at best, self serving, insensitive to the yearnings of Okun people, a misdirected fight for positions which are of no benefit for the Okun people they claim to be representing,” the communique read.

Addressing the protesters at Kabba, a traditional ruler, the Obadofin of Kabbaland , Chief Michael Yusuf, said anyone working against Bello was an enemy of the people of Okun.

He expressed the support of the entire people of Okunland for Bello and charged him to continue with his programme of charting a new direction for the state.

In his reaction, Melaye described the development as unfortunate, accusing the protesters and the state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello of working against the interest of the party.

He also expressed shock that the people opted for protest to celebrate one year in office of Bello, saying that “Kogi is celebrating one year of agony, pain and distress “.

The senator, who spoke through his special assistant on media, Mr Gideon Ayodele, said that the protest was “ a minus for the state government to be celebrating one year in office and the only APC senator from the state is not present.

“ The state chairman of the party is not present, the three zonal chairmen of the party are in Abuja and 16 out of the 21 local government chairmen are in Abuja.

“This is to tell the whole world that the governor is working in isolation of the structure of the party in the state. Whatever they are doing, they are doing it for themselves and it is for their pockets only,” he said. ( NAN)

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July 18, 2016

Kogi APC appeals to Labour, ASUU to call off strike

Kogi APC appeals to Labour, ASUU to call off strike

 Kogi APC appeals to Labour, ASUU to call off strike

A chieftain of All Progressives Congress in Kogi state, Engr. Ezu Aliyu Momoh, has called on the organised labour and academic staff of Kogi State University, Anyigba, to call off their strike action in the interest of the students and the state.
Momoh who made the call yesterday in Lokoja while interacting with newsmen, said the state governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello in his usual magnanimity has paid four months salaries to all the tertiary institutions and three months salaries to other civil servants at both local and state government levels, maintaining that the organised labour and ASSU should have a rethink and shift ground since the government has met 80 percent of their salary demand.

According to him “The governor in his usual characteristics has paid appreciable percentage of salaries to workers. This effort was lacking in many states of the federation, we have heard some states that collected bailout, but could not make the workers happy.”
While praising the governor for his courage in conducting the staff screening, he lamented that some of the revelations of the exercise was worrisome, arguing that successive administrations shy away from the exercise because they don’t want to step on toes.
“It is surprising that even before the screening over 9000 staff voluntarily sacked themselves because they were not genuine staff of the government.”

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June 18, 2016

Kogi APC exco kicks against Bello’s probe

Kogi APC exco kicks against Bello’s probe

The call by some APC stakeholders from Kogi State to probe the state governor over anti-party activities seems to have deepen the party crisis as the state Deputy Woman Leader, Mrs Deborah Isiguizo berated Senator Dino Melaye and the State Chairman of the party, Haddy Ametou, for constituting the probe panel.
Kogi APC exco kicks against Bello’s probe
This is coming on the heels of the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP), berating the APC stakeholders from the state that are calling for the probe of the state governor, over the alleged anti-party activities.

Isiguizo said it was wrong for the senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District and other disgruntled leaders of the party to accuse the Governor of engaging in anti-party activities.

Addressing newsmen on behalf of the Exco members, the state Deputy Woman Leader accused Melaye of orchestrating the crisis because of selfish interest.

Apart from Melaye, she also berated the State Chairman of the party, Haddy Ametuo, and other leaders of the party for supporting the call to probe Bello over the appointment he has made since becoming governor on January 27.

She noted that having nominated the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Melaye had no locus standi to accuse the Governor of sidelining him in the scheme of things in the state.

Isiguizo said Melaye, who played a prominent role in the inauguration of Bello, should stop blackmailing the Governor and face the function of making laws which the people of his senatorial district elected him for: “Dino should concentrate on his constituency; he should stop blackmailing the Governor and face the business for which he was elected, join hands with other well-meaning people and give Kogi West the desired representation.”

The State Chairman of CNPP, Abubakar Abdanis on his own, said the APC stakeholders’ request will have a ripple effect on the entire state, hence the need for caution: “This is a sudden surprise to all of us who gave our mandates to the APC in the recent 2015 general election.

“Even though this probe action is totally the internal affairs of the APC, the CNPP, consisting of all registered political parties in the state is worried by the crisis, because it shall have serious impacts not only on all the political appointees, but major distraction on the political stability of the entire state.

“Among the reasons for our concern is the fact that the present administration is only a few months old after inauguration, and we believe the State Governor’s plan to operate an all inclusive government of state unity involving all political stakeholders in the state.”

The group call on the ruling party to harmonise its house and support the State Governor, Yahaya Bello to succeed, so that he can quickly address the numerous challenges facing the state: “The Governor requires all hands on deck to address the daunting reconciliation of the House of Assembly to address security, face the economy and the change agenda in order to deliver dividends of democracy to the entire state.

“We urge the APC to refrain from any distractive measures against the administration which may impact negatively on the wheel of progress to make the state further unbearable for the good people of the state.”

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May 14, 2016

EXCLUSIVE: How Kogi Governor, Bello, squandered over N260 million ‘security vote’ days after assuming office May 13, 2016 Ibanga Isine.

Barely a week after he became governor of Kogi State,
Yahaya Bello approved for himself a total of N260
million as security votes, PREMIUM TIMES can
authoritatively report today.
Mr. Bello, who is currently Nigeria's youngest governor, was sworn into office at an elaborate ceremony on January 27 after his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, fielded him as replacement for its former candidate, Abubakar Audu.
Mr. Audu was in clear lead in the November 21, 2015
governorship poll but suddenly died before the
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
concluded the election.
Mr. Bello was fielded as the APC replacement during
the rerun poll in some areas of the state. His candidacy
was fiercely opposed by the deputy governorship
candidate of the party, James Faleke.
On Mr. Bello's first day in office, the Permanent
Secretary in the Government House, Ilemona John,
initiated a memo titled, "Request For Security Fund".
In the document, Mr. Bello was requested to approve
N15 million as his security fund.
He approved the payment of the fund two days later, on
January 29.
The Government House Permanent Secretary raised yet
another memo just four days later on February 2, with a
fresh request for security fund. This time, the amount
was jerked to N20 million.The governor did not waste time as he gave prompt approval for the release of the funds on the same day.
It however became apparent that the money was not
enough because Mr. John again raised another memo for the release of more security funds the following day,
February 3.
In the new memo, Mr. Bello was requested to approve
the "release of the sum of Five Million naira (N5,
000,000, 00) only for the replenishment of your Excellency's security fund which has just been exhausted."
Mr. Bello granted approval immediately. Not done, the permanent secretary who is a Reverend Pastor, quickly
returned with another request on the same day (February 3, 2016) seeking Mr. Bello to release another "N20 million for the replenishment of his security fund which has just been exhausted."
The governor did not hesitate to give the approval for the release of the funds.
Five days later, on February 8, the Permanent Secretary, again initiated a memo indicating that Mr. Bello's security fund had yet again been exhausted and sought approval for N100 million to be released to
"replenish" it.
Governor Bello granted approval the following day, February 9.
A few hours later on February 9, Mr. John raised another memo informing his principal that the security fund he approved hours earlier had been exhausted and that he needed to approve another N100 Million.
Mr. Bello readily granted approval on the same day.
PREMIUM TIMES cannot say exactly how much has so far been spent as security funds, but documents obtained so far indicate that between January 27 and May 12, Kogi State taxpayers could have coughed out
billions to their profligate governor.
N148 Million for furnishing and renovation of office
While Mr. Bello was drawing millions under security funds, he also approved over N148 million to furnish and renovate his office at the Government House.
For this, Mr. John, the Government House permanent secretary, as usual, came up with another memo on February 1.
The memo was titled, "Request for the furnishing and maintenance of the Governor's Office, Kogi State Government House".
In it, Rev. John requested the governor to approve N99, 983, 994.00, being a proposal by a company, Maj Global Construction Company Ltd, for the furnishing and renovation of the governor's office.
Mr. Bello promptly granted approval on the same day the request was made.
However, Rev. John returned a month later on March 4, with a memo telling the governor that the over N99 million he earlier released for the furnishing and renovation of his office, was not enough.
He, therefore, requested the governor to release additional N48, 593, 250.00 "for additional works on the renovation/furnishing and maintenance of the governor's office at Kogi Government House".
Governor Bello gave approval on the same day the request was made.
PREMIUM TIMES also obtained copies of the document detailing the release of the fund approved for the furnishing and renovation of the governor's office.
The first document dated February 4, from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development showed that the sum of N99, 983, 994.00 was released as "Grant/ Special imprest in favour of the perm secretary in the
Government House Administration".
The other document, dated March 9, was also for the release of N48, 593, 250.00 as "Grant/Special imprest in favour of the permanent Secretary, Government House Administration to cover additional works for the
furnishing and maintenance of the Governor's office at Kogi Government House".
While the governor engaged in a spending spree for his luxury, state. workers and pensioners remained unpaid for months.
Analysts believe that while Kogi State has had a flicker of militant activities by members of the Boko Haram group, the state has remained largely a relatively peaceful state.
Mr. Bello's defence
When PREMIUM TIMES contacted the spokesperson to the governor, Kingsley Fanwo, he confirmed the spending but said they were necessary.
"It is public knowledge that Kogi State has been contending with serious security breach for the past 10 years," Mr. Fanwo said. "As a result of the location of the state as gateway to many states of the federation, the state drifted into a criminal hotbed.
"Also, years of gross maladministration and blinding embezzlement has left the youth bare, exposing them to all sorts of criminal activities to survive. Kogi became a haven of robbers and kidnappers."
As a responsible government, he argued that the Yahaya Bello administration has taken security to the front burners by strengthening the state's security architecture in order to make it inhabitable for hoodlums and criminal elements.
Because of his principal's huge investment, he said security in the state had greatly improved while however, adding that "security vote is not usually a subject for public consumption and no cost can be higher than human lives."
He said Governor Bello would continue to prioritize security because it was one of the main objectives of his election.
Continuing, he said, "Let me also put on record that the Governor Yahaya Bello administration is contractually committed to fighting corruption and enthroning transparency in the polity. These are the terms of his social contract with the Kogi people."
"If you have ever been to the Kogi State Government House in Lokoja, you will appreciate the rot of the architecture. It was not befitting of one of the most historic Government Houses in Nigeria.
"In tandem with the present administration's drive to turn the economy of the state to a private sector driven one, we need to start our charity at home. People must love to come to our Government House to transact businesses."
For these reasons, he said the Government House was undergoing massive renovation to make it habitable and to mirror the image of the state as a first-rated tourist destination.
Being what he described as "an accomplished business mogul" who believes he assumed power by the grace of God, he said Mr. Bello had always reiterated his determination, not only to block corrupt practices, but to also ensure corrupt officials of government were made to face the wrath of the law.
To underscore its transparency, he said the administration opened its account books to the people of the state.
Besides, he said the governor constantly briefed the media on the income. and expenditure of government.
"Massive constructions are ongoing in the state and the Governor is focused on ensuring transparent and active performance of this year's budget," the governor's spokesperson said.
"The antics of our opponents will be judged by the people of the state who are already witnessing the benefits of the New Direction Programs. The bulwark of the Yahaya Bello administration is transparency."
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May 4, 2016

Fayose Predicts Removal of Gov Yahaya Bello

Fayose Predicts Removal of Gov Yahaya Bello

 Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Peter Ayodele Fayose, has predicted that Kogi state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress, will soon be removed from office.
Fayose declared the ‘prophecy’ while speaking on Tuesday, at an event organised by the Oyo State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists to celebrate the World Press Freedom Day in Ibadan.

“People say that I abuse Buhari. I am not abusing him because he is like my grandfather, but I know the history. Eighty per cent of people that voted for Buhari in the West did not know him. They are between 18 and 40. They voted because they wanted change desperately and I agree with them. He left government 32 years ago so they did not experience his rule.”

“Today, the Peoples Democratic Party is no longer in government so they should stop blaming the PDP. They told us that dollars would become one to one but where is that today. The regime of fuel subsidy is gone and we now have food subsidy. Queue is back at filling stations. Whatever I say is divine. The next to happen will be removal of Kogi State governor. I have not lost a battle in my life and when I lost one, I came back to win.”

“We have never had it so bad like in the last 12 months; electricity has gone to zero and we no longer have light in our houses. I am here to tell Nigerians that we are in the wrong direction because you cannot give what you don’t have. There is time to retire because of the diminishing return on the functionality of the brain. At 75, my mother can do little.”

“When you want to deal with corruption, do it whole heartedly. Don’t say because this person has now joined the All Progressives Congress, he is now a saint. When I was supporting ACN, they gave me many titles. Now that I am no longer with them, they see me as enemy.”

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May 2, 2016

Omala APC Cries Out Against The Use of Unpopular Candidates for Caretaker Chairmen

Omala APC Cries Out Against The Use of Unpopular Candidates for Caretaker Chairmen


Concerned All Progressive Congress APC, Members in Omala LGA of Kogi state have warned against the use of unpopular and inexperienced candidates as heads and members of the proposed local government Caretaker committee members in the state.

Addressing a press conference in Lokoja, the spokesman of the group, Stephen Salifu said the action would further polarize members of the party, especially those who have worked in building the party.

Salifu said if such action is taken, the chances and popularity of the party in the local government, will be affected, disclosing that the said people penciled down are not grounded administratively and are not a true representation of the Omala APC.

While noting that that effort to unite the party should preoccupy the mind of the governor, described the party’s victory in the last governorship election as a collective effort, warned that using the unpopular candidates as a result of certain relationship, to be head of administration as a move that would be retrogressive to moving the administration in Local government areas forward.

While he described the governor as a good listener and manager of men and resources, he urged him to save the party from imminent danger by reconsidering the rumoured nomination of of the unpopular, inexperienced and controversial candidate whose acceptability, integrity, competence and capacity to move the party forward is zero.

The stakeholders advised that the governor can choose from other candidates who have already indicated interest or shop for a fresh candidate by consulting the part stakeholders from the local government.
The Concerned All Progressives Congress members in Omala LGA pledged their unalloyed support to the government of Governor Yahaya Bello and urged the governor to consider their observation for a better patronage of the party at the grassroot level.

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April 30, 2016

Okehi LG Should Produce Next Senator of Kogi Sentral Senatorial District

An appeal has gone to the Kogi state chapter of the All
Progressive Congress (APC) to zone the Kogi Central
senatorial ticket to Okehi area in 2019.

The appeal came from Mujahid Aliyu Abubakar Adeiza.

Aliyu said Okehi area has not produced a senator since the beginning of democracy in spite of its contribution to the socio-economoic development of the state.

Lamenting the fate of the Okehi zone, he said it is on record that Okehi gave the current APC administration the second largest vote in the last general election.

He pledged to work with other interest groups to end what he described as the marginalisation of the area. He said he will work assiduously with other groups within and outside Okehi zone to liberate the district by making an indigene a senator come 2019.

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April 27, 2016

Kogi Gov Tribunal Fixes May 17 for Adoption of ADC, APC Addresses

The Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja has fixed May 17, 2016 for the adoption of written addresses of both the African Development Congress (ADC) and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The date was fixed after ADC and its governorship
candidate closed their case.

APC called only one witness.

The African Development Congress (ADC) and its
governorship candidate, Usman Zainab, are among those challenging the election of Yahaya Bello as Kogi State governor.

They closed their case after the testimony of their last
witness, Raph Okoye Nwosu, who is the chairman of the party in the state.

The witness during cross examination by Bello's counsel, Paul Babatunde Daudu, told the tribunal that they were challenging Bello's emergence as governor of Kogi State on the ground that he (Bello) was not validly elected by majority votes cast in the election.

Nwosu who also told the tribunal that he and his party were aware of the death of the flag-bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Abubakar Audu in the election, however said his party has no right to challenge APC's substitution of its candidate, following Audu's death.

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April 24, 2016

Kogi Tribunal: Faleke Was Running Mate of Gov Bello in Supplementary Election – Edward Onoja

Kogi Tribunal: Faleke Was Running Mate of Gov Bello in Supplementary Election – Edward Onoja

A witness in the Kogi State Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja, Mr Edward Onoja, has said that Mr. James Faleke was the running mate of Governor Yahaya Bello, during the
December 5, 2015 election in the state.

Onoja, the chief of staff to the governor told the tribunal, while being led in evidence by the counsel to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Ayotunde Ogunleye, that he was not aware that Faleke wrote to the leadership of the APC to withdraw his candidature as the running mate of
Gov. Bello before the election.

He also told the tribunal that he was not aware whether APC national leader wrote to the National Assembly withdrawing Faleke as the running mate to Bello.

“James Faleke did not resign his position before the election; he has always be the running mate throughout the election.

“INEC published the list of the candidates that contested the supplementary election of which Faleke was included as the running mate.

“Faleke only ended up as deputy governorship candidate and never graduated to be the governor,’’ Onoja said.

The witness also told the tribunal that he could not say whether Gov. Bello voted during the election or not.

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