Kogi Election: APC Stakeholders Blast Buhari, NWC (See Why)
President Muhammadu Buhari (r) in an audience with Gov Yahaya Bello of Kogi State at the Presidential Villa Abuja on Monday (16/10/17).
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Some All Progressives Congress (APC) stakeholders in Kogi State, on Sunday, criticised President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party for backing Governor Yahaya Bello despite what they described as Governor Bello’s “incompetence”, Concise News reports.

The stakeholders, under the auspices of Kogi Emancipation Movement (KEM), decried alleged “conspiracy of silence” on the part of the president and the APC NWC amid alleged complaints bordering on non-payment of salaries.

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The group, in a statement issued yesterday in Lokoja by its convener, Apostle Eniola Williams, said it was “strange” that Buhari and other leaders of the party at the national and state levels continued to show public support for Bello despite his alleged non-performance and “incompetence.”

The group said, “We, therefore, warn that APC will be thoroughly defeated if it fields Gov. Yahaya Bello for the November 16, 2019, governorship poll in the state.

“He has done or said nothing to earn his party’s offer of right of first refusal.”

The group, therefore, urged President Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Adams Oshiomhole, other APC governors, National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as well as stalwarts from the state such as Hajiya Salamatu Baiwa, Barr. Babatunde Irukera and Folashade Joseph to be wary of allowing the party’s flag going into the hand of an “unpopular candidate” ahead of the forthcoming election.

Another group throws weight behind Bello

In related news, another political group under the aegis of Good Leadership Forum (GLF), has declared its support for the second term bid of Governor Bello.

Spokesperson of the group, Mallam Abdulrahim Tijani Oguna, disclosed this yesterday after their meeting with stakeholders at Nagazi in Adavi Local Government Area of Kogi State.

Mallam Tijjani said Gov. Bello’s effort in tackling security challenges in the state was second to none since the creation of Kogi State.

“He has succeeded in putting up strategic measures in combating crime and other social vices by establishing a well-structured intelligence gathering mechanism, created the needed synergy among the security agencies in the state for effective and efficient intelligence sharing,” he said.