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Kogi PDP, Gov Bello feud over 'King Pharaoh' tag

Kogi PDP, Gov Bello feud over 'King Pharaoh' tag

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.

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