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Ignore Bello On 2019, Faleke Tells Buhari
« on: January 11, 2018, 08:49:05 AM »
Former deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State James Abiodun Faleke  has implored President Buhari to ignore Governor Yahaya Bello’s statement on the 2019 election.

Faleke, who was Buhari’s campaign coordinator in Lagos State in 2015 said during a visit to the Villa, that the governor did not have the capacity, to win more votes for the president in Kogi than Katsina in 2019.

Faleke said it was the height of deceit for a governor who is owing  salaries and pensions to be boasting of being able to lead the same citizenry who are battling with hunger to vote enmasse for Buhari.

He said: “I refer to a boastful statement credited to Governor Yahaya Bello that Kogi State would garner more votes for President Buhari in 2019 than Katsina State and I ask myself why is the governor fooling himself, thinking he is fooling Nigerians. First, the governor has never contested for any election and won before. Not even councillorship election. The governorship seat he is occupying today, he didn’t campaign for. He was simply gifted the seat, so how can such a person stand to discuss election issues? How can a governor who is not registered as a voter in his state and has no voting rights mobilize votes for no less a person than Mr. President?

“How can a governor who has been indicted by INEC for fraudulently engaging himself in double registration lead the campaign train of Mr. President across the state with such a moral stain hanging on his neck? What does he know about mobilization of people for elections? So, when elections are being discussed, he should be told to keep quiet?”

Faleke wondered how a state like Kogi, under Yahaya Bello, deliver more votes for Mr. President than Katsina, his home state. He added: “Is it because of his zero performance, his wasteful management of resources or is it because of the rampant kidnapping, incessant killings of labour leaders and dissenting voices, as compared with Katsina?

“The governor’s Chief of Staff, Edward Onoja in a video which went viral on the social media had told a labour leader in the state that he was hitherto gunning for the labour leader’s head, but that he was lucky to be present with him in the same church that day.

“Is that how to attract voters to PMB’s camp? What achievement  is Governor Bello going to use to campaign, even to his tribesmen, the wonderful Ebira people  who had waited for years to be governor, after Adamu Attah and now got Yahaya Bello, but has nothing to show for it, except his recently commissioned N3.5 billion mansion in Okene?

“What would be his campaign ground in Okunland, where the number of civil servants being daily buried outnumber those getting married? What about  several other Okun people who died after being kidnapped on their way to attend the governor’s endless staff verification exercise in Lokoja?

“Another staff, Sunday Oke, owed 16 months salaries died in Kabba, Monday January 8, after being unable to pay for his medicals. What is he going to say about his inability to asphalt or grade a single road anywhere in the area? A glaring example was the recent campaign of the governor across Okunland where he could not talk about a single road, hospital, schools etc.  he had constructed and commissioned in the area. Or will he be proud to mount the podium in Igalaland to tell them about a non – existent project in the area?

“A cursory look at INEC’s data base shows that Katsina State during the 2015 general elections had registered voters figure of 2,827,943 while Kogi had 1,350,883. So, how does Governor Bello want to perform the magic of doubling Kogi’s votes to beat Katsina? Discerning Nigerians know better than take him seriously. The governor likes to play to the gallery by making statements he knows are false. I am sure great minds in the Presidential Villa, APC leaders across the nation know better.”

Nevertheless, Faleke believes President Buhari will win in Kogi, if he decides to contest. He added: “But, that is provided he does not make Governor Bello his Chief Campaigner in the state. This is because he has killed the APC in Kogi, demoralized and dehumanized the citizenry with his policies, thereby stripping us of critical campaign issues. President Buhari can only win if the governor is not allowed to lead the campaign.”

He will win because of his record of performance in the country.

Certainly not because of the performance of Governor Yahaya Bello.

For instance, PMB would not need to campaign in Lagos and some other South West States before he wins. Ditto States like Kebbi, Sokoto, Jigawa and some other states in the North. The performances of these Governors have provided enough campaign materials for Mr. President.


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Ignore Bello On 2019, Faleke Tells Buhari
« on: January 11, 2018, 08:49:05 AM »

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