Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has officially declared his interest to run for second term in office on November 2nd 2019. He has however revealed why his administration still owes salaries.
This is despite mounting opposition from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and even from his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC)
Bello says another term in office would enable him consolidate on the good works he has started with assurance that he will not disappoint the people.
The Confluence state Governor disclosed this at the weekly meeting of the state executive council held at the Government House, Lokoja in the week.
It would be recalled that Bello came second in the primary election of the party which produced late Abubakar Audu as candidate of the party and was asked to fill the vacant position created by the demise of the standard bearer as it were then .
This declaration may have put to rest the rumour making the round that the national leadership of the APC may have asked the governor to bury his second term ambition for undisclosed reasons.
Just recently, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced November 2, 2019, as the date for the governorship election in Kogi State.
Meanwhile, Bello has blamed the problems created during the 16 years rule of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the state for his government’s inability to pay workers’ salaries and pension.
Kingsley Fanwo, the governor’s spokesman said that last PDP administration embarked on failed projects through bonds, which put the state in debts.
Fanwo, who was a guest on a Channels Television programme Politics Today, on Wednesday, said the government of Yahaya Bello had only been able to access N20Bn bailout funds, which have made them unable to pay salaries.
“On the issue of salaries, PDP caused most of the problems we face. They took bonds and they were expending it on white elephant projects. We did not collect N30Bn bailout fund, we took N20Bn.
“What we needed to pay salaries and pensions was projected at N50.8bn which was approved by President Buhari. From the N50.8bn, we have accessed only N20Bn, remaining N30.8bn. That is the reason why we still owe salaries”.