One year after Dino Melaye asked those opposed to Yahaya Bello as governor to Kogi state to “become born again and join the vehicle of change”, he has become the leader of a group within the All Progressives Congress, APC, who are disappointed in the governor and are opposing him from within.
On Friday, those stakeholders from Kogi state gathered in Abuja and passed a vote of no confidence on Bello, saying his first year in office has brought untold hardship to citizens of the state.
Melaye was the chief instigator and spokesman of the group which included Kogi APC executive members and leaders of the party in the state like Senators Abubakar Abdulrahman, Nicholas Ugbane, Mohammed Ohiare, Alex Kadiri, serving and former members of the House of Representatives, State House of Assembly members, amongst others.
Addressing journalists at the Kano Hall of the Nicon Hilton, Melaye said the governor has been given an ultimatum of four weeks to reconcile the on-going staff audit in the state with the realities on the ground.
He also asked Bello to account for the bail out funds that has accrued to the state under his watch.
“We, the political leaders of Kogi State and the APC stakeholders have resolved unequivocally to give 4 weeks ultimatum to Governor Yahaya Bello to reconcile the on-going staff audit in the state with the realities on the ground, pay our civil servants, the pensioners and others, all their entitlements for the past one year because the N30 billion bailout fund is primarily meant for those purposes, while part of the N11.2 billion Paris Club refund was also aimed at ameliorating the suffering of our people,” he said.
“We also call on the state government to re-order the priorities of state in line with the needs and aspirations of our people as the solar street light, the Revenue House and SDG Office being celebrated for 1 year in office for example, have no tangible value and cannot put food on the table of our people.”
While there has been no official reaction from the Kogi government, the chief press secretary to Gov. Bello, Petra Onyegbule, wrote on Facebook that the governor will remain undaunted despite the “smear campaign.”
“Soooooooooo, Senator Dino Melaye looked at Governor Yahaya Bello and thought to himself he could become a godfather to a young, intelligent man like GYB? He gon learn!” she said. “Godfatherism is dead and buried in Kogi State. Forever! Fight us with all the propaganda you can. Go on a lengthy smear campaign. Na una go taya because Governor Yahaya Bello will remain undaunted as always.”