Bello de­nies pur­chas­ing N1bn ve­hi­cles for ap­pointees

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

Kogi State gover­nor, Al­haji Ya­haya Bello, yes­ter­day re­futed an on­line pub­li­ca­tion al­leg­ing that he spent N1 bil­lion to pur­chase ve­hi­cles for his po­lit­i­cal ap­pointees in the midst of dwin­dling econ­omy.

A state­ment is­sued by the Spe­cial Ad­viser to the gover­nor on Me­dia and Pub­lic­ity, Malam Ab­dulka­rim Ab­dul­ma­lik, said the al­le­ga­tion, which was re­port­edly made by the Audu/Faleke po­lit­i­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion, was “false and ma­li­cious.”

"For avoid­ance of doubt, Gover­nor Bello has not bought any ve­hi­cle for po­lit­i­cal ap­pointees as er­ro­neously stated by the Audu/ Faleke po­lit­i­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion.

"The ve­hi­cle that the chief of staff to the gover­nor is us­ing is his per­sonal car and was not bought by the gov­ern­ment for him.

"It is, there­fore, per­ti­nent to say that all the ap­pointees of the gover­nor are yet to be given of­fi­cial ve­hi­cles, and those who have were just us­ing the old ve­hi­cles ac­quired and used by the im­me­di­ate past gov­ern­ment in the state.

"The ve­hi­cles pur­chased by lo­cal gov­ern­ment coun­cils were bought on loan, which is to be paid in 12 months,” the state­ment said.

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