Kogi governor, Yahaya Bello, has claimed that his disagreement with Kogi West senator Dino Melaye stems from their different perspectives on the essence of politics. While Melaye believes in the politics of “share and blackmail”, he is in politics to “develop.”
Backstory: Bello and Melaye used to be members of the same All Progressives Congress (APC) party, but they fell apart shortly after Bello’s 2015 victory as governor. Melaye has since defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and is believed to be harboring intentions to run for Kogi governor later this year.
Melaye had accused the governor of being responsible for an attack he suffered at the hands of hoodlums in 2017, while Bello has claimed that the senator has done nothing for his district, outside picking irrelevant fights in the Senate.
On Why They Can Not Work Together: Responding to the fresh allegations made by Melaye that he has not completed any project since assumption of office, Bello through his Director-General of Media and Publicity, Kingsley Fanwo said, “On Dino Melaye, we always try to avoid giving him undue attention. The ideologies are different. Yahaya Bello is in politics to develop, Melaye is in politics to share and blackmail.”
- He said the two men have such divergent ideologies that that it is hard for both of them to ever consider working together.
Dino Melaye’s Political Ambition: He further cautioned the Senator against igniting a crisis because of his future governorship aspirations.
“Now that Melaye said he wants to be governor and he is campaigning, I hope he will give peace a chance and not throw our state into crisis because as a government, we have invested so much in security and whenever there is crisis, it always leads to a reversal of the gains we’ve recorded in the area of security of lives of our people,” he said