Kogi gov­er­nor­ship: PDP, APC trade words over bailout funds

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Itodo Daniel Sule, Lokoja

The PDP-led gov­ern­ment in Kogi State has vowed that it will not com­pro­mise its rights in the Nige­rian fed­er­a­tion in the face of what it de­scribed as ‘per­se­cu­tion’ by the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date in re­spect of the re­lease of the N50.8 bil­lion bailout fund ap­proved for the state.

The state gov­ern­ment’s po­si­tion was com­ing as a re­ac­tion to state­ments al­legedly cred­ited to the APC gu­ber­na­to­rial can­di­date, Prince Abubakar Audu and his run­ning mate at a cam­paign rally that they had pre­vailed on Pres­i­dent Buhari to or­der the stop­page of the re­lease of the bailout funds to Kogi State.

A state­ment signed by the Chief Communications Man­ager to the Gover­nor, Mr. Phrank Shaibu, called on Pres­i­dent Buhari as leader for all, not to be “swayed by the an­tics of des­per­ate politi­cian who don’t mean well for civil ser­vants in Kogi State.”

“What kind of des­per­a­tion will make a man to cal­lously and vi­ciously wage war against the re­lease of resources meant for the peo­ple of his state?

“The Kogi State gov­ern­ment is of the firm view that the bailout fund is only a loan and not a pres­i­den­tial benev­o­lence. This mat­ter is not a per­son­al­ity con­test be­tween Gover­nor Idris Wada and the APC-led gov­ern­ment. It is strictly about con­sti­tu­tion­al­ism and the rule of law,” the state­ment said.

In a swift re­ac­tion, Mr. Ab­dul­ma­lik Suleiman, Me­dia aide to the Kogi APC gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date, said Prince Audu’s worry was on how the funds would be ju­di­ciously used.

“In 2014, dur­ing the flood in­ci­dent, the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment and other cor­po­rate com­pa­nies led by Dan­gote Group, do­nated bil­lion of naira to the flood vic­tims in the state through the Kogi State gov­ern­ment but two years af­ter the money has not got­ten to the vic­tims,” he said.

Photo: Shehu Goro

Cross sec­tion of North-West Satur­day.

Gov­er­nors, dur­ing their meet­ing on

se­cu­rity chal­lenges

within the Zone in Kaduna on

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