There are controversies following the emergence of Yahaya Bello as governor of Kogi State. Months after he was sworn in, some stakeholders in the state All Progressives COngress (APC) have still not come to terms with his governorship.
Kogi State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Awwal Imam has slammed sucg APC stakeholders who are calling for the probe of the state governor, Yahaya Bello, over alleged anti-party activities at the party’s national secretariat.
Imam said their action was due to the governor’s refusal to massage their godfatherism ego, refusing to ‘submit’ the state to their control as had been done by past governors.
Speaking in Lokoja yesterday, Imam said all those selected to head the probe panel were those confronting the state governor, especially the leader of the committee, Senator Dino Melaye, who has been attacking the governor for not allowing him to produce the Secretary to the State Government, Commissioners from the western district as well as members of the Local Government administrators.
“Melaye’s grudges started when he (Melaiye) asked the governor to allow him produce all local government caretakers from the district, which the governor refused. This action of the APC stakeholders in Abuja is never a surprise to us because their interest is how they will corner all the political appointments to themselves without considering the interest of other members of the party,” Imam said.
“It is laughable when someone who has been given the opportunity to produce the SSG of the state is still demanding for other positions as if he is the only member in the party.
“The same stakeholders have earlier claimed that they don’t recognised the Yahaya Bello’s led administration. We wondered why such people are busy in Abuja crying fowl over the lauded appointments made so far by the governor.
“In all fairness, the governor, without minding their actions, has approached them on several occasions for dialogue but their selfish interests could not allow them. Instead, they were out to pull the state down,” Imam said.
However, Melaye has said that he is not in conflict with the governor but would prefer him to retrace his step and follow the right path.