By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
A group, Kogi Progressive Movement, KPM, 2019, has raised the alarm that the State Governor, Alhaji Yaya Bello has allegedly hired over 15 persons to join in the governorship race ahead of the party primaries in the state.
The KPM claimed that about N113m is said to have been earmarked for this project amidst non payment of two(2) year’s workers salaries and pension in the state.
The plot, according to the coordinator of KPM, Umar Jasper, is to purchase governorship nomination forms for the hired aspirants/members of APC whose mission is to promote Yahaya Bello’s preference for indirect mode of primaries as against the twenty(20) other aggrieved aspirants who stormed the party headquarters on Monday to demand for direct primaries.
The fake and hired aspirants are also to serve as moles in the party.
The KPM further stressed that the aim is “to mobilize and sponsor other aspirants to join Bello in adopting Indirect primaries as Bello at the moment remain the only aspirants among twenty-three(23) others in the party insisting on indirect primaries.
“The expected outcome is to influence the awaiting decision of the National Executive Committee (NEC) and National Working Committee(NWC) of the party on mode of primaries to be adopted in the state.
“Some of the fake aspirants are already making declaration on media and showcasing expression of interest to join the guber race all in the name of sabotaging the interest of all APC members who wants a direct mode of primaries”, it said.
The group identified some of the Governor Bello sponsored aspirants to include; Amade Edime from Dekina Governor Bello’s G9 support group coordinator for Kogi East, Kingsley’s Oga who have picked the nomination forms.
Others, according to the KPM, who, yet to pick nomination forms, include; Murtala Muhammad Jimoh, Yakubu Audu, Katun Muhammad, Umar Ibrahim, Musa Hussaini, Suleiman Bashir Lawal, Comrade John Arome, Zaccheaus Dare Micheal, Ade Bright and several other persons from the West and Central.
The group added, “ We therefore wish to call the attention of the general public to this devilish antics of Yahaya Bello to subvert the wish of Kogites who believe direct mode of primaries remain the best in choosing the party candidate ahead of the November Election.
“All Kogites would have expected that the Governor attend to backlog of unpaid workers salaries and pensions rather than wasting a whopping some of N123m on chasing shadows.
“We also call on the APC’ s National Working Committee (NWC) that the decision of the this sponsored aspirants who have been mobilized to pick nomination forms do not represent the interest of Kogites in anyway”, it said.