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Kogi lawmaker challenges Bello over performance in office

By Ateko Usman-Ejima
Worried by Kogi State governor’s moves to sell government properties within and outside the state, Hon. Hassan Omale representing Ankpa/Omala/Olamaboro federal Constituency has challenged the governor Yahaya Bello over his performance in office in the last two years.
Speaking with DAILY ASSET in Abuja, he berated the governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello for non performance in the last two years of his administration, saying his scorecard in the last two years was a shame.
Omale wished that the decision to sell Kogi properties were mere speculation, saying, if it was true, all the federal lawmakers from the State would challenge him in court.
“I have not been informed that governor Yahaya Bello want to sell Kogi legacy properties. It’s been rumours, but if it is true, Kogi indegenes would disagree with him.
“We have just finished with the cattle colony, and he saw the resistance.  I don’t think he will sell the state properties.” He explained that Bello met those properties in question because his predecessors in office performed, while he challenged him to show his own.
According to him, Kogi governor was the luckiest of all governors in the past, noting that he has gotten huge sums of money in forms of intervention and other statutory allocations without leaving a legacy in the utilisation of those funds. Describing the situation Kogi found itself as unfortunate, he said, the indegenes were yet to see any meaningful infrastructure put in place by the governor.
“In the last two years of Bello’s administration, we are yet to see any meaningful infrastructure he put in place.  It then becomes unfortunate to see those properties he met to have been sold.” “All the national lawmakers will meet him in court if he dare sell any properties”, he added.
Asked if the abysmal performance of Bello would affect the chances of the ruling APC in the state in 2019 elections, he explained that each political office holders should be held based on individual performances.
He said the governor’s low performance has pitched him against the state party executives, stating that Bello
was more opposed by his own party in the state than the opposition PDP.
“We are all aware that state APC executives are more antagonistic to the governor than the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).”
“The interest of the party was to effect a change as promised, but he was not interested in that. Of course, that is the reason for the crisis”, Omale insisted.

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