Bello denies purchasing N1bn vehicles for appointees
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.