VIDEO: El-Rufai Kneels, Begs Kogi People To Forgive Governor Bello

 

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State went all out on Thursday, going down on his knees to canvass support for Governor Yahaya Bello’s re-election bid.

El-Rufai who is also the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress Gubernatorial Campaign in Kogi State made the gesture at a mega rally held for the governor in the state capital Lokoja.

“Many people say Yahaya Bello is young and that he has fought many people. For every one that the governor has offended, I am asking all of you to forgive him. He is young, he is supposed to make mistakes. When you are young, you make mistakes, but you are supposed to learn from him. On his behalf, I am kneeling down to beg all of you to forgive Yahaya Bello if he has offended you,” the governor said.

Beyond seeking forgiveness for whatever mistakes the governor had made, Governor El-Rufai praised him for his performance and took a swipe at the Peoples Democratic Party, urging the people to “bury PDP once and for all”.

He claimed that although the PDP had ruled the state for a long time, they “have done nothing” in the state.

“In the past four years, the progress recorded by the APC government under Governor Yahaya Bello is more than what the PDP has tried to do in 13 years,” he said.

Governor El-Rufai on his kneels at the APC mega rally in Kogi. Photo: Channels TV/Sodiq Adelakun

Whatever might have happened in the first tenure of Governor Bello, El-Rufai appealed to the people to know that he cares about the people of Kogi State.

Singing Bello’s praises, El-Rufai said, “He cares about this state, he has brought progress to this state, he has brought young people into government, he has brought women into government. He has brought physical progress; he has cleared salary arrears that he inherited from previous governments.
“You must all come out and support him. I beg you all.”

Among those who canvassed support for the Kogi governor at the rally ahead of Saturday’s election were the wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari; wife of the Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo; and the National Chairman of the APC, Mr Adams Oshiomhole.

Kogi Election: El-Rufai Debunks Stepping Down As Chairman Of APC’s Campaign Council

A file photo of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai. Photo: Twitter

 

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has described as ‘fabricated’ the reports that he has stepped down as the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Campaign Council of Kogi state, saying that he will continue to campaign to persuade re-election of Yahaya Bello as governor of the state for a second term.

Kogi State will head to the polls on Saturday, November 16, 2019, to vote for a governor who will govern them for the next four years.

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In a statement issued on Sunday by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye, El Rufai reminded the purveyors of the rumour, that it is well-known that he gives his best to all his assignments, and the Kogi election will not be different.

‘’The people of Kogi State will make their free choice at the ballot. Therefore, every political actor has a duty to ensure that the voters act on the basis of accurate information, not lies and fake news.

“I will be on the ground in Kogi this week as the APC works for another democratic mandate.”

The statement added that “APC will continue to campaign to persuade the people of Kogi State to renew the mandate they gave our party four years ago. That is the focus of the Malam Nasir El-Rufai and the members of the APC Campaign Council.”

Kogi Guber: Steer Clear Of Kogi State, PDP Tells El-Rufai

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, as Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Kogi state National Campaign Council, to steer clear of the state.

In a statement by its spokeman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP asked Governor El-Rufai to counsel Governor Yahaya Bello to accept defeat, claiming that the opposition will take the day come November the 16th.

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The PDP in its statement claimed that  knows that Governor Bello cannot point to any development project or initiative in his administration, adding that under the governor’s watch, Kogi has been reduced to the poorest state in the country.

“If the APC means well for Kogi state, the party should not be wasting its time to campaign but rather counsel Yahaya Bello to use the remaining days of his abysmal tenure to show remorse, pay up the 36 month arrears he owes workers and pensioners, restitute for those who died because of his suppressive rule and get ready with his handover notes.

“The APC Campaign Council should come to terms with the fact that the people of Kogi state had made up their minds to repay Yahaya Bello in his own coin by kicking him out of office,” the PDP stated.

Kogi Deputy Governor Impeached

A file photo of Kogi State Deputy Governor, Simon Achuba.

 

 

The Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Mr Simon Achuba, has been impeached.

Mr Achuba was impeached by members of the Kogi State House of Assembly on Friday in Lokoja, the state capital.

The Majority Leader of the House disclosed this to reporters at the premises of the Assembly complex.

Achuba’s impeachment followed the submission of a report of the committee set up by the State Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajana, to investigate an allegation of gross misconduct against the former deputy governor.

The House, according to Abdullahi who represents Ajaokuta State Constituency, received, studied and deliberated on the report and a unanimous decision was arrived at to impeach Achuba.

He explained that a seven-man committee headed by John Bayeshea submitted the report to the Speaker of the House, Mr Mathew Kolawole, before the lawmakers took the decision.

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Mr Achuba was sworn in as the deputy governor on February 9, months after he defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He became the APC’s deputy governorship candidate in the election that brought Mr Yahaya Bello into office after a member of the House of Representatives, Mr James Faleke, rejected to be the governor’s running mate.

Years into the Bello’s administration, Achuba was reported to be engulfed in a disagreement with the governor, an issue which escalated with both sides trading blames.

In August 2019, Achuba raised an alarm of an alleged threat to his life and accused his principal of intolerance of contrary views.

He also criticised the administration for non-performance, claiming that was the reason for the rift between him and Governor Bello.

In a swift reaction to the allegations, the state government in a statement slammed the impeached deputy governor, saying he had no evidence for his claims.

The statement also said the government does not train assassins and cannot be involved in sending killers after anyone.

The issue got worsened days later as the State Assembly announced that it had commenced impeachment proceedings against Mr Achuba for criticising the governor.

Members of the assembly described the action of the embattled deputy governor as gross misconduct against Governor Bello and the people of Kogi State.

The Assembly had, thereafter, directed the Chief Judge in the state to set up a committee to proceed with the impeachment of Mr Achuba.

Displeased with the action of the lawmakers, Mr Achuba filed an application before the State High Court, Lokoja, to challenge the impeachment notice served on him.

Elsewhere, the leadership of the APC in Kogi suspended Mr Achuba from the party for alleged anti-party activities before, during and after the 2019 general elections.

The party also alleged that he took some actions which constituted an embarrassment to the APC family in the state.

Yahaya Bello Wins Kogi APC Governorship Primary

 

Governor Yahaya Bello has emerged winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary in Kogi State.

The governor polled 3,091 votes from 3,596 delegates who participated in the indirect primary.

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10 governorship aspirants participated in the primary while one of them, Hassan Bewa, a member of the House of Representatives walked out of the venue of the primary alleging high level of manipulation.

Governor Yahaya Bello will be seeking a re-election for a second term in office as the flag bearer of the APC in the November 16th governorship election.

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Invalid votes….54

Hadiza Ibrahim….0
Yahaya Odidi Audi….10
Sani Lulu Abdullahi… 7
Engr Abubakar Bashir…3
Engr. Danlami Umar Mohammed..0
Yakubu Mohammed…..0
Ikele Aisha Blessing ….0
Hassan Abdullahi Baiwa….44
Babatunde Irukera…..109

Why Yahaya Bello Missed APC Governor’s Meeting With Buhari – Garba Shehu

President Buhari at a meeting with Progressives Governors in Daura, Katsina State on August 13, 2019. Inset: Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.

 

 

Mr Garba Shehu has explained why Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, missed the meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and the Progressives Governors.

The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity gave the explanation in a statement on Tuesday, shortly after the governors paid homage to his principal in Daura, Katsina State.

He noted that Governor Bello was absent at the meeting because of the burial of his stepmother who died recently.

“President Muhammadu Buhari, Tuesday, expressed sorrow on the death of Madam Rekiya Momoh Bello, the stepmother of Yahaya Bello, the governor of Kogi State.

“The governor’s absence at the meeting of Progressive Governors with the President in Daura, Katsina State earlier in the day got the attention of President Buhari and was informed of the death of Madam Rekiya, whose burial made Governor Bello to stay back in his state,” the statement said.

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The President, according to Shehu, expressed condolences to the family, the government and people of Kogi State over the irreparable loss.

He also wished peace for the departed soul and prayed to Allah to grant her bereaved families the strength to bear the loss.

Earlier, Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti) and other governors elected on the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s platform paid homage to the President.

Among the visiting governors were Babajide Sanwoolu (Lagos), Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna) and Godwin Obaseki (Edo).

Meanwhile, the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has also commiserated with Governor Bello on the death of his stepmother.

“My heartfelt sympathy goes to the governor, his family, the State Government and people of Kogi,” the Senate President was quoted as saying in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Ola Awoniyi.

The Senate President prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased and for Allah to comfort the family.

‘We Do Not Train Assassins’, Kogi Govt Tells Bello’s Deputy

'We Do Not Train Assassins', Kogi Govt Tells Bello’s Deputy
Simon Achuba                                                                                                                             Yahaya Bello

 

 

The Kogi State Government has denied the allegation the Governor Yahaya Bello is after the life of his deputy, Mr Simon Achuba.

In a statement ‪Thursday by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Mohammed, the government described the report as bogus.

“The Kogi State Government is appalled that a Deputy Governor, who should epitomise leadership and good example in all senses, could descend so low to employ smear campaign against the person of His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello,” the statement read.

It added, “We state without equivocation that Mr Achuba has no shred of evidence for his reckless surmising which is nothing but a scripted venture in a ruinous adventure.

“We do not train assassins, (and) as such, the state government or her personnel cannot be involved in sending assassins to murder any human soul let alone a Deputy Governor of our dear state.”

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The state government challenged the deputy governor to come forward with evidence of his claims or desist from making further allegations.

It also said the report of the Commission of Enquiry on the Iyano Ethnic crises in 2017 was still fresh in its memories.

“Nigerians and Kogites, in particular, are aware that it is not in the character of the administration to persecute perceived opponents let alone the second in command of New Direction team.

“We have remained a model for peaceful engagement and political dialogue. Any inclination at portraying us otherwise will not be acceptable,” the statement said.

You Cannot Remove Chief Judge, Kogi Court Tells Governor, Assembly

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The Kogi High Court sitting in Koton-Karfe has ruled that the executive and state legislature jointly or unilaterally cannot remove the Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajanah without recourse to the National Judicial Council (NJC).

The court also declared that the Chief Registrar of the state high court held a statutory position as the accounting officer of the judiciary and was, therefore, not subject to the control and supervision of either the executive or the legislature.

The presiding judge, Justice Alaba Omolaye- Ajileye, made the declaration in his judgment on the suit brought against the Assembly, the governor and three others by Justice Ajanah and the Chief Registrar, Yahya Adamu.

Justice Omolaye-Ajileye who granted all the reliefs and declarations sought by the claimants in the suit said he found merit in the action and all the declarations sought are allowed.

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According to him, by item 21 of the third schedule of the 1999 constitution (as amended) the NJC is the body empowered to exercise disciplinary control over all judicial officers of Nigeria.

The judge noted that it is the NJC established under section 153(I) of the constitution (as amended) that has the power to recommend to the governor, the removal of a judicial officer where a Chief Judge of a state is to be removed, for whatever reason stressing that it is the NJC, and not the state house of assembly that is empowered to make recommendations to the governor of a state under item 21(d) of the third schedule to the constitution.

It will be recalled that the judicial officers had approached the court to challenge the powers of the defendants to remove the chief judge and punish the chief registrar over refusal to be investigated by the state house of assembly.

The suit with number HC/KK. 11CV/2018 brought by the Chief Judge and the Chief Registrar had as respondents, the Kogi State House of Assembly, Speaker of the House, Bello Abdullahi, Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee, Governor Yahaya Bello and the state’s Attorney-General.

Govt Official, PDP Chieftain Debate Over Workers’ Salary Arrears In Kogi

 

A Kogi state government official, Moses Okezie-Okafor, and a chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Austin Okai, have disagreed over the number of months workers have been owed salaries by Governor Yahaya Bello.

According to Okezie-Okafor, the governor had inherited four months of unpaid salaries, contrary to the nine months declared by the State chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Mr Onu Edoka.

“When Governor Bello came into office in January 2016, he inherited about four months of unpaid salaries at the state level, the NLC chairman had listed it as nine months unpaid teachers’ salaries and 25 months at the local government; even though, what he was referring to, appeared to be cumulative calculation of the percentage unpaid payments.

He also stated that the labour and previous administration had signed a Memorandum, but now, the workers receive full salaries.

“We gathered that the labour and previous administration had signed an MoU which permitted them to start paying in percentages because the funds coming in could not keep up with the wage.

“As we stand right now, state civil servants are being paid 100 percent of their salaries and we are four months in arrears. At the Local Government, we met about 10 percent.”

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In reaction, the PDP chieftain asked the State Government to explain the 38-month allocation received.

He also alleged that the Kogi state Chief of Staff had affirmed the 38 months owed by the government.

“The only person that understands the present predicament of Kogi state civil servant is the office in charge, chairman NLC, Kogi chapter, Onu Edoka, who told the whole world that the government of Kogi owes the workers 38 months and this same statement was affirmed by the chief of staff to the governor, where he tendered an apology and said they erred by owing state workers.

“What we are asking is simple, Governor Bello, what happened to the 38-month allocation that you received in the name of paying the workers’ salaries,” he asked.

Kogi Gov’s Aide Blames PDP For Inability To Pay Workers’ Salaries

 

Spokesman to Yahaya Bello, Kingsley Fanwo has blamed the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the government’s inability to pay workers’ salaries and pension in Kogi State.

He said that the last PDP administration embarked on failed projects through bonds, which indebted the state.

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Fanwo who was a guest on a Channels Television programme Politics Today, on Wednesday said the government of Yahaya Bello has 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, we took N20bn.

“What we needed to pay salaries and pensions projected 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 are still owing salaries.”

Governor Bello Signs 2019 Budget Into Law

Governor Bello Signs 2019 Budget Into Law
(File) Governor Yahaya Bello.

 

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has signed the state’s ‘Budget of Consolidation’ into law, for the 2019 fiscal year.

This comes after members of the Kogi State House of Assembly passed the budget which has a total amount of N146,736,042,510.

While appending his signature on the budget, the governor assured the people of the state that the implementation of the budget would be followed to detail.

He explained that this would ensure that his administration consolidates on its past successes in delivering good governance to the people.

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Governor Bello described the signing of the budget as another milestone in the history of the state and an opportunity to bring about the dividend of democracy to residents.

He assented to the budget at the executive chamber of the Government House in Lokoja, in the presence of the members of the House led by the Speaker, Mathew Kolawole, as well as top government officials, among others.

In his remark, Mr Kolawole was optimistic that the budget would be targeted towards ensuring that the government consolidated on its past achievements in the last three years.

This will be the last budget Governor Bello will be assenting to before the governorship election in Kogi which is expected to hold in October.

A breakdown of the budget shows that N75,109,591,418 was approved to be expended on capital projects initiated by the present administration, while N71,626,451,092 covers recurrent expenses within the stated period.

Kogi Governor Unable To Be Accredited As Card Reader Fails

Kogi State Governor, Yayaha Bello arrive his polling centre to be accredited.

 

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State was unable to get accredited at his Agassa Uvete Unit 11 Polling Unit, in Okene Local Government Area, due to a faulty card reader.

Governor Bello who along with his wives, Hajia Rasheeda and Hajia Amina, stayed on the queue for over an hour, while INEC officials went in frantic search for a replacement of the card reader, expressed his disappointment at the development.

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“I am disappointed at INEC, and I hope my own is an isolated case,” he said.

Shortly after, however, officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) secured another card reader, and the governor was able to cast his vote.

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