From AMEDU JOSEPH, Lokoja
THE Kogi State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has cautioned Governor Yahaya Bello that what accrues to the state monthly from the federation account should not been considered as his security vote.
The Party in a reaction to a statement credited to the governor’s Chief of Staff, Edward Onoja during the National Conference of the Association of Health Workers Union of Nigeria held in Lokoja, where he said that if salaries must be paid with statutory allocation, then the people will have to contend with insecurity.
The Spokesman of Kogi PDP, Bode Ogunmola in a statement made available to journalists in Lokoja on Sunday, described the the claim of the Chief of Staff as uncharitable and insensitive, wondering what states in the Northeast with more serious security issues will do.
The party said the grand plan of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to continue to impoverish the people is being exposed everyday and urged the electorates to rise up against the maladministration of the incumbent government.
“We have said it severally that resources of the state are being looted under different guises. Just how much does the state spend every month from the allocation on security that it cannot pay salaries?”
The PDP said the government cannot continue to fool itself believing that it is fooling all the people of the state, noting that its atrocities are in public domain and at the appropriate time it will be called upon to give account.
The party further chided the chief of staff for praying that bailout continues to roll in for the state so that it can sustain salary payment.
It described such intention as heartless and anti- people, adding that other states with more serious security challenges have managed to sustain salary payments and embark on projects.
“Unfortunately, in Kogi State we are saying that we are spending all that accrues to us monthly to fight kidnappers and armed robbers.This is laughable and it is the height of deceit,” the party remarked.
It advised the Governor and his aides to get their acts together, warning that the day of reckoning is at hand and the people will speak through the ballot box.
“They should not be under any illusion that the electorates do not know the truth. They have suffered enough and the PDP is determined to save them from the Pharoahs of the land,” the statement warned.