Kogi State Government has debunked reports published by Saharareporters on Friday, that its government, under the administration of Governor Yahya Bello recently bought expensive cars worth one billion Naira for use by the Governor and his aides.
The report stated that a campaign organisation, The Audu-Faleke Political Organization, made the claim and blasted the government for its insensitivity. The group claimed that the Kogi state Government procured Ford SUVs (jeeps) worth N18 million each and Ford Ranger Trucks (pickup van) worth N6 million each for 21 Local Government Caretaker Chairmen in the State, totaling N504 million.
The group also claimed to be in possession of information about the government’s purchase of a BMW and G-Wagon Mercedes Benz as official vehicles for the Chief of Staff.
According to the same claims, the cars in the Chief of Staff’s fleet are serviced and maintained by Coscharis Motors, Abuja.
However, the Kogi state Government has dispelled the report through a press release issued by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Strategy.
“Our attention have been drawn to a publication on the online news site- Sahara Reporters- where it was alleged that Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has spent 1 billion naira to purchase vehicles for the political appointees in the state.”
“We had wanted to ignore the said publication, but on second thought, we felt it is proper to put the record straight by telling the public that the allegations stated in the write-up are false and full of malicious content.”
“For avoidance of doubt, Governor Bello, has not bought any vehicle for political appointees as erroneously stated by the Audu/Feleke political organization.”
“The vehicle that the Chief of Staff to the Governor is using is his personal car and was not bought by the government for him.”
“It is therefore pertinent to say that all the appointees of the Governor are yet to be given official vehicles and those who have were just using the old vehicles acquired and used by the immediate past government in the state.”
“The vehicles purchased by the Local Government councils were bought on loans, which is to be paid back in twelve months.”
“It is interesting to let the Faleke group know that the Ford vehicles purchased for Local Government Administrators are cheaper than the one used by the immediate past council Chairmen in the state.”
“The vehicles in the Governors’ convoy, with the exception of two, belong to the Governor himself and that means he has been very mindful of extravagant spending as exhibited by some past leaders in the state, which has brought the state to the present pitiable situation.”
“The People of the state are wondering why some group of persons, who are members of All Progressive Congress, APC, have decided to constitute themselves to an opposition to the government in the state.”
“One will be tempted to say that the attitude as well as the body language of the Feleke group is evidence that they are blinded by their desperate moves to govern the state. If not so, they claimed to be part of the disciples of the late leader of APC in the state, Prince Abubakar Audu; why then have they not commented about the positive step taken by the Governor to name the State University after him?”
“The People of the state are watching with utter disbelief the funny pretense of Faleke group against the positive steps taken so far by Governor Yahaya Bello in his bid to return the state to its past glory through his New Direction Agenda.”
“The Faleke group should be reminded that some were not poor before they came into Government as they were financially comfortable.”
“It is very painful for the group to have misinformed the famous Sahara Reporters into publishing the falsehood.”
“We, therefore, call on the right thinking persons who might have read the unfortunate write up to ignore the said publication for it is not worth any attention because it was a fabricated story”, it reads.