From Emmanuel Adeyemi, Lokoja
Kogi State Government yesterday said major actors behind the crisis in the House of Assembly were All Progressives Congress (APC) stakeholders who do not want the governor to succeed.
The state government was reacting to recent allegations by APC stakeholders that most of the political appointments made favoured the opposition party rather than the APC.
Addressing newsmen yesterday, Commissioner for Information and Culture, Mohammed Imam said the state governor, Yahaya Bello, was fair enough in his appointments. He also said on several occasions, the governor extended an olive branch to the stakeholders but, they declined, “thinking they would win at the tribunal.”
He specifically lambasted Senator Dino Melaiye, who is the committee chairman to investigate the governor on the lopsided appointment.
He said “some of the political appointees were names Dino personally forwarded, yet, he insisted that he must have a large chunk of the number of people from the West senatorial district to be appointed as local government caretakers…”
The state government described the state executive of the party led by Alhaji Hamed Ametuo as a bunch of illiterates and poverty ravaged fellows who know nothing except collecting money from the governor.
The government also specifically named the party chairman as collecting money on several occasions from it, without using the money for the purpose it was released and yet the same person will go to James Faleke’s faction to destroy the government.
The government reiterates its determination to run an all-inclusive administration and vowed not to be distracted by the antics of the stakeholders whom he said were already fighting for 2019 governorship elections now.