- The leadership of the All progressive Congress in Kogi state has said that Governor Yahaya Bello is confused over the political affairs in the state
- The leaders declared their total support for all the positions canvassed by Senator Melaye in matters of the state
- They said Melaye is a man of people and therefore he should not be bothered about any political matter
The chieftains of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Kogi state have attacked Governor Yaya Bello over the political crises in the state.
The party however passed a vote of confidence on Senator Dino Melaye who represents Kogi West in the Senate.
Reports have it that APC made this known in the state leaders meeting was held in Abuja on Wednesday, July 5.
According to a statement issued at the event, leaders declared total support for all the positions canvassed by Senator Melaye in matters of Kogi state adding that the lawmaker has the interest of his people in mind.
NAIJ.com gathered that the chieftain said the administration under Governor Yahaya Bello is not only in a confused state of affairs, but heading towards political cul-de-sac.
The statement reads: ''The Governor Yahaya Bello’s anti-party activities led to the loss of 2 APC Senatorial seats, one House of Representatives seat and 2 State House of Assembly members’ seats to the opposition party (PDP) thereby causing a huge set-back to our Party in Kogi State.
“Those positions mentioned above were won during the 2015 elections before Alhaji Yahaya Bello joined the APC and his subsequent emergence as the Governor of Kogi State.
“The only senatorial seat left for the Kogi state APC family in the Senate is being harassed by Governor Yahaya Bello and cohorts as evidenced by the on-going charade, known as re-call exercise, which is pregnant with forgeries and absurdities.
“We are concerned that many weeks after the submission of the Chief Tony Momoh’s Reconciliation Report, the National Leadership of our Party, APC, is yet to take any step towards the implementation of its recommendations.''
They called on Independent National electoral commission (INEC ) not waste its time in sustaining the ongoing recall being allegedly perpetuated by the Government of Kogi state.
The 20 Kogi APC chieftains that issued the statement are Senator Alex Kadir, Senator Mohammed Salami Ohiare, Senator Nicholas Ugbane, Senator Dangana E Ocheja, Senator Abdulrahman Abubakar, Rt. Hon Clarance Olafemi, Rt. Hon Abdullahi Bello, Hon James A Faleke, Hon Mohammed Idris and Alhaji (Prince) Mohammed Audu
Others are Hon Duro Meseko, Alhaji Abubakar Rajab, Pharm. A. Zakari, Chief Michael Ozovehe, Chief Lawrence Gbenga Asagun, Hon (Dr) Idris Jimoh Engr. S. A. Ezekiel, Dr Tom Ohikere Alhaji Sanusi Abubakar and Alhaji Haddy Ametuo.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Senator Dino Melaye gained momentum, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared that the only thing that can stop the recall as demanded by the constituents of Kogi West, is a legitimate court order.
This was disclosed to newsmen in Abuja by Rotimi Oyekanmi, the chief press secretary to the INEC chairman.
According to Oyekanmi, INEC’s actions were being guided by the provisions of the constitution and the Electoral Act; and filing a lawsuit is not enough to stop the process.
Watch this NAIJ.com TV Video of Kogi West senatorial district to recall senator Dino Melaye from the Nigerian Senate: