Kogi Assembly to petition IGP, DSS, over alleged N200m bribe

*As PDP loses another lawmaker to APC


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Kogi Assembly to petition IGP, DSS, over alleged N200m bribe

The Kogi State House Assembly is to Petition the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and the Department of State Service, DSS over a publication, accusing them of collecting N200M bribe from Governor Yahaya Bello.

Our Kogi State Correspondent reports that the petition is sequel to an online publication credited to the National Coordinator Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Youth Frontier, Austin Okai, who alleged that the House approved N10b loan request from the Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello to get the huge sum of money.

The 15 members present at Tuesday October 3 plenary debunked the allegation, describing it as satanic and wicked on the part of the source.

They challenged the writer to bring forth documents to backup his claims, adding that the House never approved any N10b loan coming from the executive.

Raising the allegation in the floor of the House, Haruna Idoko ( APC Idah ) fumed at the said publication, which according to him went viral on the social media.

He stated that it was aimed at indicting members and discrediting their names before those they are representing in the State.

Supported by Kekere Abdulkareem (APC Okehi) and Jimoh Omiata (Yagba East) both lawmakers frowned at the allegation, saying the publication lack merit.

They suggested that Okai should be invited to the House to explain with documents to back up his claims.

In his ruling, the Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Mathew Kolawole disagreed with the suggestion that the PDP Youth Coordinator be invited to the House.

According to him, “there was never at any point in time that we approved N10 billion loan from the executive. Also, I read that N200, 000000 was shared among our colleague which is never true. It is an indictment on all the members in this hallow chamber. Austin Okai is someone that is deceitful. I was in the United State alongside the Deputy Speaker for the United Nations summit when I saw all this false allegations circulating within the social media”.

Meanwhile, the lawmaker representing Lokoja II in the Kogi State House of Assembly, Idris Ndakwo (PDP) has defected to the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC.

In his defection letter read before the House by the Speaker, Mathew Kolawole, the new APC lawmaker said this was born out of good leadership purpose to see that his constituents rip from the good dividends of democracy.

The letter reads in part: “As we all know, it is no longer news that democracy is all about development, I have gene for wider consultation with my constituents to enable me shift to pave way for more dividends of Democracy in our constituents on which I received overwhelm support of 92% of my electorates that gave me go ahead for the defection. I am humble, faithful, diligent and peaceful man to my party, the People Democratic Party, PDP, but my party did not appreciate my loyalty, humbleness, faithfulness and diligent through out what the party was passing through. Instead of appreciating me and joining me to deliver my campaign promises, some of the stakeholders engaged in fighting me for their zoning agenda since my one year in office”.

 

 

 

 


Odimayo Olatunde Frederick
graduate of Mass Communication and Kogi State Correspondent of Fresh Angle International Newspaper
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