KOGI, Nigeria – The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Saturday mocked the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello over his desperate bid of using “underhand measures to forcefully” remove his Deputy, Hon. Simon Achuba.
PDP, while reacting to Achuba’s impeachment said Bello “is now clinging on straws,” adding that “his days are numbered.”
In a statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, the opposition said Achuba’s impeachment confirmed that Bello has lost public trust and resorted to dirty politics.
According to Ologbondiyan: “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.”
PDP, however, alerted 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 office.”
He added: “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.
“It is also public knowledge that Yahaya Bello seeks to repress the
deputy governor over the latter’s decision to expose the impunity and
corruption in the Bello administration which 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 unconstitutional method; a scheme that cannot stand.
“Our apprehension is that Governor Bello, in his desperation to cling unto 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.”