By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
Kogi state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has come under a huge attack from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, youth for saying that Nigerians are better off under the APC-led administration.
The youth wing of the PDP specifically described the Kogi state Governor as a huge disappointment to the youth demography in Nigeria.
The PDP youth, in a statement yesterday by Hon. Sunday Udeh Okoye, the National Youth Leader of the PDP,
also knocked Governor Bello over the collapse of a bridge built by his administration just after one week of construction.
The youths wing noted that such is indicative of the shambolic state of governance in the state under an imprudent and manifestly misguided leadership.
They asserted that the behavior, values and standards being manifested by the Kogi state governor, particularly in always seeking to justify the national retrogression and decay as well as failing to add his voice against the escalated violence under the APC administration, shows Governor Bello’s irredeemable insensitivity towards the plight of Nigerians, especially the youths.
According to the youths, in the statement, “It is shameful that Governor Bello chose to live in juvenile foolery and turn blind eyes to the fact that under the APC, our nation is plagued by a frightening 33.3 percent unemployment, out of which over 40 percent are youths; that Nigerians can no longer afford the basic necessities of life; that over 40 million businesses have closed shops; that our nation is fast becoming a large killing field overran by terrorists and that compatriots have become so despondent that they are now resorting to suicide and slavery mission abroad as options.
“Moreover, it is most disgraceful that Governor Bello, who is going about with a pipe dream of governing Nigeria come 2023, could reportedly construct a bridge in his state with 10mm rods and still wants Nigerians to take him seriously.
“Under Governor Bello, Kogi state has remained stagnated and the governor cannot point to any landmark development project he had conceptualized and executed since the inception of his administration.
“What we now witness in Kogi are executive rascality, financial recklessness, economic hardship; a despairing citizenry and uncoordinated government.
“Governor Bello’s activities in government constitute a colossal disservice to the youths as he has only succeeded in creating a huge doubt in the minds of Nigerians about the capability of our young ones for leadership position.
“The PDP youths however implores Nigerians not to judge the Nigerian youth from the examples of people like Yayaya Bello.
“Nigeria has a vast reservoir of resourceful, organized and focused young people that are excelling in diverse fields of endeavor and who are being rallied on the platform of our party, the PDP, for service to our nation at various levels”, they said.
The PDP youths demanded that Yahaya Bello should face investigation at the appropriate time for using substandard materials to construct a bridge, thereby endangering lives in the state.
They advised that Yahaya Bello should also end his “unnecessary Presidential showboating, which in any case, is nothing but a comic series for his leaders in the fizzling All Progressives Congress (APC)”.