- PDP says the State National Assembly will be the next on the firing line of Governor Yahaya Bello.
- State House of Assembly has no morsel of courage left in its chamber.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) mocked Kogi Governor Yahaya Bello over his desperate bid to use underhand measures to remove the Deputy Governor, Simon Achuba forcefully.
This was stated in a statement released by Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, saying the governor is now clinging on straws.
“Our party holds that by coercing the state House of Assembly against the deputy governor even when the State Judiciary Panel acquitted him of all allegations, Governor Bello only confirms that he has lost public trust and now desperately resorting to dirty politics and crafty methods for survival.
“This action of trying to remove the deputy governor via unconstitutional methods and in total disregard to the verdict of the judicial panel is, in itself, a gross misconduct and grave constitutional violation for which the state assembly, as an institution, ought to have removed Yahaya Bello as the governor of the state.”
The opposition party further stated that that the next victim of such underhand methods would be the state assembly itself, which now appears to be on the way to being used to enact draconian rules to suppress and intimidate the people of Kogi state since there is no way Yahaya Bello will win the November 16 election and return to the office.
“It is, however, instructive to state that the action of the House of Assembly, in yielding to Yahaya Bello’s antics, has further reduced Kogi state to a butt of jokes among compatriots in other states of our federation.
“What it means is that Yahaya Bello can wake up tomorrow morning and shut down institutions of government, including the state legislature, the judiciary, and even the civil service and become a law unto himself.
“However, whether the State House of Assembly has any morsel of courage left in its chamber to protect the state and her people or not, Governor Bello will surely face the judgment of the people on November 16, where he will be kicked out of office through the ballot box,” the party said further.
The PDP further alleged that Governor Bello is seeking to repress the deputy governor over the latter’s decision to expose the impunity and corruption in his administration. According to the opposition party, this has brought so much suffering to the people of Kogi State in the last four years.
“What Nigerians expect is for Governor Bello to respond to the allegations by the deputy governor instead of this resort to bullying and attempts to remove him through the unconstitutional method, a scheme that cannot stand.
“Our apprehension is that Governor Bello, in his desperation to cling onto power, even when he has been rejected by the people, is now turning Kogi state into a state of “anything goes. We, therefore, call on all compatriots to condemn and resist the reprehensible actions of Governor Yahaya Bello.
“Nigeria is a nation governed by law, and nobody, no matter the desperation, should be allowed to turn her, or any part thereof, to a Banana Republic.”