Governor Yahaya Bello to INEC don’t allow yourself to be used by politicians * Says I won’t join Issues with Dino Melaye.
By Festus Fifen.
Barely few hours after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released a statement accusing Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello of double registration in the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration [CVR) exercise across the country, the Governor has denied in its entirety that statement and urged INEC not to allow itself to be used by politicians.
According to him, he travelled out of the country on May 19th to Dubai on a short break and was still there when he saw the press release accusing him of double registration for voters card, saying maybe it was his ghost that did the double registrations do not him.
Speaking to State House Correspondents after observing the Friday Ju’maat Prayers at the Aso Rock Mosque in Abuja Yahaya Bello who denied any of such incidence said INEC should not Allow itself to be used by political jobbers all in the name of seeking relevance.
In his words, “I think INEC has earned itself a very high reputation and I think and I am very confident that the leadership of INEC will not allow some element in INEC to drag the name of the Commission into the mud.
“Surely that’s a falsehood. I did not do double registration of permanent voters card.”
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC had affirmed that Bello had registered twice as a voter. It said the governor first registered in Abuja in January, 2011 and subsequently in May in Lokoja.
INEC has vowed dire consequences for the INEC staff that may have collaborated in the double registration.
Senator Dino Melaye one of the senators Representing Kogi State in the 8th senate had asked Bello to quit over alleged electoral fraud but responding the governor governor said, “Honestly Speaking when a human being is talking then I will respond. Surely I don’t see anything coming out of that and I don’t think I have to waste my time in responding to whatever side distraction. Honestly speaking I’m too focused to be distracted.
“Kogi state has suffered for over 25 years before I came onboard and the good people of Kogi state are really appreciative of the efforts we are putting forward to make sure that Kogi state is well developed, so any side distraction is not something I should pay attention to because the people are with me.”
On the call by prominent elders in the state that the State House of Assembly impeach him over his poor performance, Bello said, “When you talk of prominent Kogi People, I don’t think there is any Prominent Person in Kogi State that would say anything like that. So far so good there are many achievements from security to infrastructural development to civil service reforms and pension reform scheme to job creation. You see that there is w whole lot of multilateral Agencies, Ambassadors are all visiting Kogi State. It is owing to the development and the efforts we’ve put forward to put Kogi state on the development map that’s why you see them coming over.
“Go to Kogi state website you will see what we have done in 15 months that we have been in the office.”
Asked why APC was so factionalized in his state, the governor replied, “APC in Kogi State is one and indivisible, no faction no division and by the grace of God we are all strong and united.”
On how realistic is the resolution by the governors forum to clear salary arrears and pension backlog with the remains of the Paris club Refund, Bello said, “Issue of salary arrears is a very worrisome problem to all of us. The governors and Mr. president and then with the other tranch of Paris club that will be paid to all the states now. We all met and we resolved to make use of substantial part of that refund to clear some of the areas that are being owed workers so it’s very realistic.”