Kogi former governor denies leaving any debts behind

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The opposition People’s Democratic Party,PDP in Kogi state has denied leaving any loan behind for the administration of Governor Yahaya Bello.

The party described as a deliberate ploy to employ despicable tools of falsehood and character assassination in an attempt to secure dubious public sympathy.

“Worried by the massive mobilization going on in the opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP, In the last One week or so, officials of the state government have been on auto drive junketing round in a new frenzy to out-lie one another and shift the blame for their woes on the opposition.”

The party in a statement on Wednesday in Lokoja by the Director of Research and documentations,
Duckso Achadu stated that the Governor was “overburdened by shadows of its sordid performance ,prompting her agents have once again deployed instruments of falsehood.”

Irked by the statement credited to the Edward Onoja, Chief of Staff to the Governor  accusing Two former Governors of the State,  Ibrahim Idris and Capt Idris Wada saying  the 13 years, the two  men were in power, Government House was like ‘a place where pigs and dogs lived.’

He posited  that Lokoja roads were full of potholes and its streets bereft of light.
He then called the Two elder-statesmen ‘shameless old men’ and used other indecent adjectives to qualify them.

Expressing disappointment over the statement Achadu credited to the Director General Media and Publicity to the Governor, Kingsley Fanwo, who he said called the two former governors  names has equally shifted   the blame of Yahaya Bello administration’s inability to pay salaries to his predecessors.

He equally alleged that the last two administrations took several loans which Gov Bello is currently servicing to the tune of between N400m to N600m monthly  being deducted from source to service the loans, leaving the State with little or nothing to pay salaries.

PDP said that “such is the desperation with which the collective psyche of our people has been assaulted by men who at best have behaved like vagabond in power.”

He also said that the periods referred to by the two foot-soldiers of Governor Yahaya Bello still represent the golden era in the state’s development.

He said “Onoja was either too much in a hurry to rewrite our history or may have spoken under the influence of substance abuse. All the dual carriage roads and some others were constructed by the PDP Governors mainly from the scratch. The dual carriage ways also came completed with state of the art street lights. It smacks of hypocrisy and ineptitude for a government, no matter how indolent, to boast of filling ‘potholes’ and ‘changing street lights’ as its biggest achievements.”

“Yahaya Bello’s inability or unwillingness to meet its financial obligations to workers and contractors is legendary. Each time the government makes an attempt to explain it away, it comes off worse and more laughable.

It is on record that  Ibrahim Idris supervised one of the most thorough and prudent administration’s in the history of Kogi State. The administration’s human capital package was superb. For the nine years he was in the saddle he cleared three months salary arrears which he inherited, paid salaries, impress, leave bonuses and other emoluments as and when due, and was the first to implement the N18,000 minimum wage in the North.

The administration also paid bursary WAEC/NECO examination fees for all eligible students even as it did not default in its responsibilities to contractors. The greater Lokoja water scheme, International Market, Specialist Hospital, Confluence Stadium, State Secretariat Phase II housing estates and others too numerous to mention still set the Ibro years aside. It is worthy of note that Ibrahim Idris, did not obtain any foreign or bank loans and could not have bequeathed any.

We challenge Fanwo to furnish the public with any contrary details or issue an apology to the former governor.”Achadu stated.

“Capt. Wada changed the face of government business in the state. On coming to office, the then Governor made it clear he was going to continue and complete all inherited projects. He kept faith with that declaration to the letters. He also prioritized staff welfare and accountability”, he went on.

He said; “In order to rapidly develop infrastructure, the administration obtained a N20bn facility from the capital market. It is instructive that the government got the first trench of N5b and a second trench of N3bn before its exit in January 2016. Every kobo of the money was invested in eight legacy projects. They were Kogi House (a 12-story edifice in Abuja); Remodeled and redesigned Kogi Hotels; 500 units Bond Estate; Millennium Park; 16 km Ganaja-Otokiti bye-pass; rehabilitation and expansion of Welcome to Lokoja/ Barracks/ IBB Way/ International Market road. All the projects were progressing with engineers on site until the last day of the Wada administration. If any of the projects has been abandoned (as it has happened) then certainly not the former, but the current governor who has visited such cruel fate on the them and the state at large”.

In his reaction , the Director General, Media and public to the Governor, Kingsley Fanwo stated that PDP is a dead party in Kogi State and cannot use ther dynamic and focused administration for their fore closed resurrection.
Fanwo also stated that Yahaya Bello was not elected to respond to a group of idle political jobbers who mismanaged the state for 13 years.

Fanwo equally added; “The governor was employed to serve the people of the state and reposition the state to serve its citizens and ensure good and beneficial governance.
There leaders drew the State backwards and now, they have resorted to propaganda to drag the current administration into their terrain. What the administration of Yahaya Bello has achieved in three years has surpassed all they achieved in 13 years.”

“Our achievements are visible in agriculture where we have opened up more opportunities in Omi, Osara, Ibaji and many other locations across the state for thousands of youth to have a rewarding career in agriculture. Through Healthcare Plus, we have been able to crash the cost of healthcare delivery to enable our citizens access quality healthcare at no or low cost.

”Our hospitals have received great attention as well as health training institutions. Even the Minister of Health has come here to appreciate what we have done to drag down maternal mortality as well as being the first state in the nation to have Lassa Centre.
The administration is remodeling our legacy schools into world-class standard and our road and water projects are visible across the State.”