Abuja - The Kogi State Government has denounced assertions the All Progressives Congress had influenced President Muhammadu Buhari to withhold bailout funds to the state.
The state government said this as a reaction to statements credited to the APC gubernatorial candidate, Prince Abubakar Audu, the party had succeeded in halting the release of the funds.
The State Governor's Chief Communications Manager, Phrank Shaibu, called on Buhari, as leader for all, not to be swayed by the said antics of Audu.
He has been denounced as "desperate politician who is nothing but the author and finisher of the woes of 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?" asked Shaibu.
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The Kogi State Government is of the firm view that the bailout fund is only a loan and not a presidential benevolence, he said.
Shaibu said this matter was not a personality contest between Governor Idris Wada and the APC led government.
"It is strictly about constitutionalism and the rule of law," he said.
Shaibu said while the state government would always accord the highest respect to the office of the President, it would not compromise a principled stand on the rights of its citizens in the Nigerian federation.
"Especially when it is being machinated by some desperate politicians from Kogi state for selfish reasons,” Shaibu said.
He called on President Buhari to as a matter of agency order the release of the said funds so that the state could meet its obligations to its workers.
- CAJ News