Political leaders in Kogi State have vowed to oust embattled Governor Yahaya Bello despite moving billions of taxpayers’ money to bribe top All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders to secure the Kogi State governorship ticket.
In a desperate bid to retain his seat, Bello has embarked on a spending spree as he continued to dole out billions of Naira to induce leaders of the party within and outside the state.
The money bazaar inside sources said is to help him clinches the party’s ticket for the November 2, 2019 governorship election in the state.
Sources close to Bello told our correspondent, on Sunday, in Abuja that the embattled governor has earmarked billions of naira to buy his way back to office.
One of the sources that spoke to our correspondent, on the condition of anonymity, said that the governor resorted to this money spending exercise after advice given to him by some of his supporters and aides that he could use money to buy the support of APC leaders.
“Huge sums of money is been spent by the governor in attempting to woe APC leaders to support him. He has opened Kogi’s financial vault to secure the governorship ticket but how far this will take him is the critical issue,” one of the sources who spoke to our correspondent on the condition of anonymity said.
Despite these overtures to APC leaders, his poor performance in office another source added is making APC leaders reluctant in giving him their support.
“Remember that various groups and stakeholders in Kogi State APC recently told our national leaders that Bello is a bad market. And that if the party wants to win the coming election, they should not field him.
“What are the projects and achievements that he can list and tell the people to consider and return him to office?
“Without mincing words, Yahaya Bello is a bad example of youths in leadership positions. He is full of exuberance and behaves as if there is not going to be a day of reckoning. His only claim to popularity is saying he is close to the President and his family,” one of the anonymous sources said.
Continuing the source asked rhetorically “will dropping the name of President Muhammadu Buhari give him electoral victory? People know the President for his impeccable character, but Bello has nothing good to his own name. He is only wasting billions of naira that he ought to use to pay workers and provide social amenities. The people are ready for him,” Gafar Obaaro, a community leader from Kabba said.
Although the APC at the national level has debunked the claims of a possible defection by the embattled governor to the Labour Party (LP) should he fail to secure the APC ticket, inside sources have confirmed that “Bello is actually considering moving to another party to contest the poll, if the APC ticket eludes him”.
Going by the timetable of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), party primaries to select candidates would hold either late July or early August this year.