Stakeholders of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi State have accused Governor Yahaya Bello of a reign of terror in the model of the biblical King Pharaoh of Egypt in the state.
In a swift reaction, the Kogi State government says the opposition party is “confused, detached from truth and out of tune with the current political realities in the state”.
In a communique issued yesterday and signed by the Chairman of the PDP, Kogi West zone, Barrister Taiwo Kola-Ojo, which a copy was made available to The AUTHORITY, the party alleged that some workers and pensioners in Kogi State have lost their lives to hunger and poverty due to alleged refusal by the state government to pay salaries and pensions.
The party noted that Austin Okai had spent days in detention “over trumped-up charges” and later arraigned by security agents only to be rearrested in the court premises shortly after he was granted bail by a magistrate court.
“We called for a halt to the rule of tyranny in Kogi State. Specifically, we called for the immediate and unconditional release of Comrade Austin Okai. The leadership also resolved to, henceforth, mobilise against persecution of PDP members in the zone and the state as a whole.
“We appraised governance in Kogi State in the last 15 months of governor Yahaya Bello in the saddle. The unending screening exercise, refusal to pay salary and pensions to workers, Kogi people are making Kogi people to slump and die on daily basis from poverty and hunger.