Failed Melaye recall: PDP alleges N5Bn spent by Kogi governor
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi State has accused the State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello of wasting over N5 billion public fund on the failed plot to recall the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial district of the State, Senator Dino Melaye.
But Governor Bello at various fora has consistently denied the allegation that his government has a hand in recall process of the embattled Senator, describing the allegation as unfounded.
The Governor noted that the power to recall any Senator is the prerogative of the constituence the lawmaker is representing.
But the PDP while insisting that the governor was involved, said the said ‘over N5 Bn’ would have paid at least two months salaries of workers in Kogi State.
In statement signed by Achadu Dickson, Director Research and Documentation, the PDP called for the thorough investigation of the claim by some of the electorate who claimed that their signatures were forged. “Those who were involved in the petition submitted to INEC for the recall of Senator Dino Melaye must be arrested and tried for forgery.”
According to the party, the huge human and financial resources deployed to the” Dino Melaye must go agenda “would have made meaningful impact on the lives of the workers that are being owed several months salary.
Allies say crash of recall bid sets tone for 2019
* Wada, Faleke, PDP, APC, speak with one voice
Some former political rivals in Kogi State seem to unite against the state governor, Yahaya Bello, on the issue of Dino Melaye. Now, Capt. Idris Wada the immediate past governor of the state, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the All Progressives Congress (APC), and the deputy governorship candidate of the APC in the 2015 elections, James Faleke, on Sunday said the result of recall exercise of the senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, was an indication of what the state governor would face come 2019.
The mock from the people and the parties, all over Kogi State over the result indicates a huge loss to APC. People equally lauded the people of Kogi West senatorial district for standing with the truth.
Wada said the development had shown that falsehood could not prevail over truth, adding that the result was a reflection of the wish of the people. He added that the failed recall exercise was a lesson for politicians that with their Permanent Voters Card (PVC), the people have the power to throw out any underperforming elected officials.
Also speaking, Faleke, who happened to be late Prince Audu’s deputy said the result had shown that Bello was never popular among the people of the state.
The member representing Ikeja federal constituency in the House of Representatives in series of tweets on his personal handle said ultimate loser in the failed recall exercise was the APC.
“Until those who worked so hard to win the election for the party in Kogi are given due recognition, Governor Yahaya Bello will continue to struggle politically without results.
“The recall project has failed. The people won. The outcome today is not just about Dino but the open rejection of the Yahaha Bello-led state government”. He said.
In his reaction, state chairman of the APC, Haddy Ametuo, said the recall initiated by “ghost voters” had revealed that “Melaye is the most popular senator ever produced by Kogi West”.
He added: “This is a sign of what to expect in the 2019 general elections. No amount of financial inducement and coercion will change the will of the people of Kogi State in future elections. As the state chairman of the ruling party in the state, I am calling on both parties: the petitioners and the petitioned to embrace peace and heed to the voice of God because the voice of the people is the voice of God”.
The national publicity secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the governor and his team were cautioned over the recall.
He said, “Governor Yahaya Bello and his men were warned. Don’t use the standard you see around Lugard House to measure the people of Kogi West. They refused to listen and kept boasting that they were in charge. Lessons have been learnt on both sides but certainly, the biggest of such lessons was learnt on the GYB side. It is now clear to the GYBites that there is no individual power, no matter your position, that can ever be greater than the will of the people.”
He went on: “I thank Kogi Westerners who spat on the face of the arrogance of power and told GYBItes that there is more to life than bandying cash. I commend our leaders, who, setting aside personal rancour, worked in our collective desire to reject neocolonialism. I also thank all lovers of Okun, at home and abroad, who encouraged us to resist an attempt to disgrace our race. I commend Kogi workers for showcasing a tip of what they have in stock for this administration, come 2019. We hope GYB will accept the lessons from this recall validation exercise and finally lock up the vault of this wasteful venture. May Allah grant him the courage and wisdom to do the needful”.