Yahaya Bello, the governor of Kogi State who has just won re-election, on Tuesday, November 18, 2019 attempted to debunk claims that he was owing Kogi workers 30-months salaries, stressing that such were “lies.”
Bello said his administration met salary backlog owed workers in the state, but insisted that his administration was not owing workers.
The governor-elect, who said this while featuring on Channels Television, also alleged that thugs of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, stabbed a resident after he was declared winner of Saturday’s election.
Bello also alleged that the wife of his deputy was also shot at after he emerged winner of the election.
He said: “All these reports of me owing salaries are lies. Past governors of Kogi State were owning salaries starting from Audu to my immediate predecessor. Kogi state is not owning any dime at the state level, what is left is the ten percent from the previous government.
“As for El-Rufai kneeling, he was begging that Kogi people should forgive Bello for ensuring security and ensuring the state was peaceful and not because he could not pay salaries.”
On the claim of people being killed during the election, Bello said: “After I was declared winner, a PDP thug stabbed somebody and ran into the house of their women leader but he was caught and dealt with.
“My deputy governor-elect’s wife was shot at but thank God she didn’t die, the police are looking into it and would bring the culprits to book.”
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had on Monday declared Governor Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress, APC, winner of the Saturday’s governorship election in the state.
INEC’s returning officer in the state, Prof. Ibrahim Garuba had declared Bello winner after polling 406,222 votes to defeat his closest rival, Musa Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who scored 189,704 votes.
Governor Bello and his running mate, Mr. Edward Onoja received their certificates of return form INEC on Thursday.