From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
The Chief of Staff to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state, Edward Onoja has accused the Deputy Governor of the state, Elder Simon Achuba as an enemy within the All Progressives Party (APC).
The Chief of Staff while speaking at a Town Hall Meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC), convened by Engr John Ocheje at Oyedega, headquarters of Ibaji local government area blamed the office of the Deputy Governor under Elder Simon Achuba for the failure of the government to deliver its mandate for the good people of Ibaji local government area who happened to be the son of the soil.
Onoja who regretted supporting Elder Simon Achuba to emerge as Kogi state Deputy Governor revealed that an investigation is ongoing into the alleged undue interference of the Deputy Governor in accepting kick-back from the contractor in charge of the road contract awarded by the government in favour of the area.
He told the people to wait with great intrigue on the outcome of the said investigation, which shall be made public. “At the end the people shall know whether the governor is the problem or their son”
He noted with disappointment that since the inception of the Fourth Republic, the area had continued to give political supports to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) without any benefit to show in terms of infrastructural developments or the elevation of any of their sons or daughters to the higher position of the state.
Onoja recalled his roles in the nomination and the subsequent emergence of Elder Simon Achuba to the Deputy Governor position, saying that he took many factors into consideration before backing the Ibaji people to produce the “Number Two Position” of the state.
According to him , “Kogi East as a district is under-developed but there are three major Local Government Areas in the district that suffered most.” He cited Bassa, Ibaji and Olamaboro to be the three areas while stressing that Ibaji is worst amongst the most neglected areas.
He berated the Deputy Governor for his in activeness to the plight of his people and urged the good people of Ibaji to remain confident in the administration of Alhaji Yahaya Bello as all hands are on deck to bring the needed infrastructural developments to the area.
He equally urged them to pray for themselves and for any of their sons who would not disappoint them if given another opportunity in the future.
The Chief of Staff therefore called on the people of Ibaji to vote for the APC at all levels pointing out that there is no better alternative than to vote the APC-led administration at all levels to enable them complete their good works.
It would be recalled that the embattled deputy governor has been on a serious internal rifts with the state government over uncooperative attitude to promote the good intentions of Governor Bello-led administration since assumption of office.