I per­formed bet­ter than my suc­ces­sors – Audu

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Muideen Olaniyi

Aformer gover­nor and the Novem­ber 21, 2015 All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date in Kogi State elec­tion, Prince Abubakar Audu, has said that he re­ceived far less al­lo­ca­tions from the fed­eral govt than his suc­ces­sors while in of­fice.

Prince Audu said this in a state­ment is­sued yesterday by his media as­sis­tant, Mr Ab­dulma­lik Suleiman.

Ac­cord­ing to be­tween 1999-2003,

him, Audu’s ad­min­is­tra­tion got less than 20 bil­lion, while his suc­ces­sors got over 500 bil­lion in 9 years with­out any mean­ing­ful de­vel­op­ment.

He stated that he man­aged and made land­mark achieve­ments with the mea­ger re­sources at his dis­posal then than his suc­ces­sors put to­gether, be­ing a rep­utable and suc­cess­ful ac­coun­tant.

The APC gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date said he con­structed all the ex­ist­ing town­ship roads in Lokoja and oth­ers cities across the state.

He added that he also built the one and only gov­ern­ment house, es­tab­lished the state univer­sity and poly­tech­nic, built houses for se­nior and ju­nior staff, fa­cil­i­tated the Oba­jana ce­ment fac­tory, built the fa­mous con­flu­ence beach ho­tel and hos­pi­tal within time record of four years.

He noted that his im­me­di­ate suc­ces­sor man­aged to in­stall street lights with­out light.

Prince Audu, who re­gret­ted the state of af­fairs in the state, de­scribed Kogi State as the most back­wards in term of de­vel­op­ment as a re­sult of Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party’s (PDP) al­leged mis­rule and cor­rup­tion by his suc­ces­sor.

“When I came into of­fice in 1999, I met over 7 months un­paid salary ar­rears left be­hind by the mil­i­tary. I im­me­di­ately off­set the salary li­a­bil­i­ties. I strongly be­lieve in the wel­fare of work­ers be­cause they are the en­gine room of gov­ern­ment,” he added.

Com­ment­ing on the is­sue of his case with the Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC), the APC can­di­date said it was purely po­lit­i­cal, he said the case has been on for the last twelves years, say­ing the EFCC has gone to over four courts with­out judg­ment be­cause the case lacks merit in its en­tirety.

Prince Audu praised Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari’s achieve­ments so far, stress­ing that the pres­i­dent has brought hon­our and re­spect to the coun­try. He ap­pealed to Nige­ri­ans to pray and sup­port the pres­i­dent.

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