Supporters rides in a campaign bus of Nigeria's leading opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari and his unning mate Yemi Osinbajo in Lagos on January 24, 2015. Unknown gunmen stormed and bombed the site of a ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Abuja - A governorship aspirant in Kogi,
Alhaji Yahaya Bello, said the state had no reason to be listed among poor
states in the country.
Bello, a member of All Progressives Congress (APC), said this on Monday in
Abuja while fielding questions from newsmen at the APC national secretariat.
It is reported that governorship election in Kogi
would be held in December, 2015.
Bello described as ‘’absurd’’, the recent announcement by the state governor,
Idris Wada, to slash salaries of workers by 40 per cent.
He, therefore, said that ‘’change’’ as APC’s slogan was needed more in Kogi
‘’because the state is literally backward’’.
"I will tell you that Kogi State has no reason to be a poor state. It has no
reason to be where it is now considering the natural and human resources that
"Remember, it is the only state that is bordering eight states including the
Federal Capital Territory.
"So, there are a lot of avenues to tap resources and be self sustaining. We
shouldn't depend on the Federation Account; we shouldn't.
"And, if we must, with good management of what is even coming from the
federation account, if there is transparency and accountability, we have no
reason to be owing salary, not to talk if slashing it,’’
Bello expressed confidence that his party was 100 per cent sure of taking over
governance of the state from the ruling People Democratic Party (PDP) next
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"It is going to be a landslide; everybody has seen the performance of the
present administration and just like everyone yearned for change, Kogi state
deserves more than change.
"Surely, it is going to be a landslide. Starting from the person we are going
to have at the head, everybody already knows him to be a performer, a
"So, Nigerians shouldn't expect less than performance and good governance in
the state,’’ Bello said.
Also speaking, a Senator-elect for Kogi Central Senatorial District, Mohammed
Ohiare, charged the incoming Federal Government not to neglect the Ajaokuta
Ohiare expressed optimism that the steel company could be fixed with little
funding and would be a boost to the nation’s economy.
"There is this problem of Ajaokuta Steel Complex which is supposed to be the
pivot of economy of this country but has been neglected over time by previous
"It is an area I will put up pressure to ensure that the Federal government
comes into it and make it operational. We need a little funding to make the
place operational,’’ he said.
It is also reported that Ohiare was a senator between 2003 and 2007.