The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the probe of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state for an alleged squandering of at least N700 billion in the last four years.
This is as the opposition party also called on the National Assembly to invoke its statutory powers and directly channel the N10.069 billion presidential funds for payment of salaries and pensions to the ‘suffering Kogi state workers’ in the state.
In a statement by Kola Ologbondiyan, its national publicity secretary, the PDP said it was scandalous that the government of President Buhari was not telling the truth with the claim that the fund for approval is reimbursement for the projects completed by the state on behalf of the federal government.
“In reality no one can point to any such project executed by Governor Yahaya Bello in the last four years,” the PDP said noting that this was at the expense of workers in the state who have not been paid for up to 36 months.
“Such action by Mr President further confirms that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is directly in league with Governor Yahaya Bello to strangulate the people of Kogi state.
The PDP holds that if there are no intensions of pushing the fund to Governor Bello for anti-people purposes, the Presidency is challenged to name and point to the particular project executed by Governor Bello as well as make the terms and payment agreements public for Nigerians to see.
“If the Buhari presidency means well for Kogi state, it should reword its request and put the interest of the masses ahead of all selfish and parochial political considerations, particularly as the state approaches a critical election in which the people have made up their minds to vote out Governor Yahaya Bello,” the PDP said.
The party said the president cannot say he is not aware of the critical situation of workers in Kogi state.
“The PDP therefore urges President Buhari to resist attempts by his handlers and Governor Bello to drag his presidency into this shameful attempt to steal fund that ought to go to the suffering masses in Kogi state,” the party advised.
Legit.ng earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari requested the Senate’s approval to pay N10.069 billion as settlement of promissory note to the Kogi state government.
The Senate president Ahmad Lawan read President Buhari’s letter of request on the floor of the Senate.
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