The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi State has accused the State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello of wasting over N5 billion public fund, meant to pay workers, on his failed plot to recall Dino Melaye from the Nigerian Senate.
The PDP described Mr. Bello as, “heartless” and added that the over N5 billion would have paid at least two months salaries of workers in the State.
The opposition party stated this while reacting to the boycott of the Saturday’s INEC verification exercise by the electorate.
In a statement signed by Achadu Dickson, Director Research and Documentation, PDP also called for thorough investigation of the claim by some of the electorates who turned out for the exercise that their signatures were forged.
“Those who were involved in the petition submitted to INEC for the recall of Senator Dino Melaye must be arrested and tried for forgery, ” the PDP said.
According to the party the huge human and financial resources deployed to the “Dino Melaye must go” agenda would have made meaningful impact on the lives of the downtrodden in Kogi State, especially the workers that are being owed several months salary.
The open rejection of the recall agenda by the people of Kogi State was a clear signal that APC and Governor Yahaya Bello have been rejected in the State, the statement added.
However, the chief press secretary to the Kogi State governor, Petra Akiti Oyegbule, dismissed the allegation, saying it is unfortunate that the main opposition party is coming out with another bunch of lies.
She claimed that her boss has no interest in the recall of the embattled senator.
“It is high time media houses start holding people responsible and accountable for what they say. Right now, it goes beyond politics. It’s our responsibility, because people cannot just continue to fabricate issues when there are none. The governor will not be interested in spending any amount on Dino Melaye’s recall.”
The attempt to recall Mr. Melaye, representing Kogi West in the senate failed on Saturday due to low turn out of voters, despite the fact that the senator was under police arrest in Abuja.
Melaye’s camp had said that his arrest was premeditated to coincide with the recall exercise so that the senator would not be able to mobilize his supporters.