Representative of Kogi West senatorial district, Dino Melaye yesterday advised Governor Yahaya Bello against believing that President Muhammadu Buhari would save him from being defeated in the 2019 governorship poll.
Melaye who spoke during the launch of Safe Kogi Project (SKP) coalition, also accused the John Odigie-Oyegun-led All Progressives Congress (APC) of supporting illegality as far as the affairs of Kogi were concerned.
He alleged that Bello was hiding under President Buhari’s integrity to carry out misdeeds in Kogi State, saying he (Bello) would be deceived to believe that the President would save him from any wrongdoings.
His words: “It is sad to note that instead of embarking on development projects in the state, the governor has been parading and using the President’s name, thinking Buhari’s name is a special immunity.
“Muhammadu Buhari’s name is not, will not and can never be immunity for any governor. It is sad that he doesn’t even know who Muhammadu Buhari is.
“The President will not support killings, stealing and when it is time for prosecution, I want to believe that his lawyers will use the President’s name to defend himself in court.”
Melaye, who is the group’s Chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT), said Kogi has never had it so bad in its history to the extent that the state under Bello has not accomplished any project.
Members of the group include Muhammed Ohiare, Atai Aidoko, Arome Salifu, Kabir Tijani and Tom Ohikeru, among others.
Director General of the group, Friday Sani, said the state under the current administration has become a mess because the government was directionless, aimless and lacked commitment to the people and development of the state.
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday reversed itself over allegations that it lied against Bello for allegedly registering twice, as it confirmed issuing a temporary voter card to the governor in Okene.
The governor had received his temporary voter card for his transferred Permanent Voter Card (PVC) last week at the INEC registration Centre in Okene.
However, in defence of its action, INEC said Bello applied for a transfer of his voter card on January 26, 2018, through the electoral officer at the Okene office of INEC.
Head, Voters Education and Publicity, Ahmed Biambo Bagudu, said: “Having satisfied the requirements for such transfer in accordance with the provisions of the electoral act and guidelines, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Kogi State approved the transfer of his registration from Abuja to Okene Local Council.