Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has taken a swipe at Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello, accusing him of allegedly refusing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) the use of Confluence Stadium Lokoja for their campaign rally finale.
In his visit to the ancient city of Lokoja, where he urged voters to support PDP candidate Dino Melaye in the November 11 gubernatorial election, Atiku criticized Governor Bello for denying the party access to the stadium. Atiku expressed the need to oust the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State and put an end to what he referred to as unfavorable policies.
“They denied us the use of the stadium in Osun State, and we later used the party office for our rally. In the end, the PDP sacked them from the government house. Now they denied us the use of the Confluence Stadium Lokoja and booked all the hotels just to stop us from coming here. Despite what they did, you all still came to the party secretariat to show solidarity and support for Senator Dino Melaye,” Atiku stated.
Atiku believes that the election of Dino Melaye as Governor will usher in good governance and development in the state. He praised Melaye as committed, courageous, and focused, contrasting him with the alleged actions of the present administration in Kogi State.
“Dino is committed, courageous, and well-focused. He doesn’t kill people like what the present administration is doing in Kogi State. I am appealing to you to come out and vote for people and defend your vote,” Atiku emphasized.
In response, Dino Melaye vowed to govern the state with the fear of God.
“Out of the 18 governorship candidates vying for the position of Governor, I am the most educated, experienced and exposed. It is now time to put an end to percentage salaries, corruption, retrenchment and non-payment of pensions in Kogi State. Every Civil Servant was unjustly sacked by Yahaya Bello. Within three months we shall reinstate them all. Don’t vote for any small political party that does not have a political fallopian tube.
“I want the world to note that the present Government in Kogi blocked all the venues for us to hold this rally. Our people coming from Kogi East were stopped and are being shot by those loyal to this government. Despite what they did, our supporters still came here because they were tired of Governor Bello’s tyranny.
A former Governor of Kogi State, Idris Wada said despite the numerous achievements of the PDP, the ruling All Progressives Congress has set the state backwards with poverty, weak economy and underdevelopment.
He said the seven and half years of the APC is a waste in Kogi State, adding that it is time for Kogites to put an end to bad leadership.
“During my tenure, there were no percentage salaries. Salaries were paid as at when due as workers continued to smile at the bank. There was massive development during the tenure of the Peoples Democratic Party. But now, the reverse is the case. It is time for the People State to liberate themselves from dictatorship. They should come out and vote for Dino Melaye,” Wada said.