The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said the Kogi State governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello is on excursion to the state’s government house.
Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was sworn in on Wednesday as the governor of the state following the expiration of the tenure of Governor Idris Wada of the PDP.
He was nominated by the APC to replace Prince Abubakar Audu who died shortly after the November 2015 election which had been declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral commission (INEC).
A statement by PDP national secretary, Professor Wale Oladipo described Bello’s swearing in as comical, adding that he did not participate in the overall governorship election.
“The said Yahaya Bello, who cannot claim the overall winning votes in the election is therefore a shadow-chasing passerby on an excursion in Kogi State government house, as the so-called swearing-in ceremony, having no bearing from the votes at election is at best an APC function.
“The people of Kogi are aware that the man being paraded by the APC is not the person they exercised confidence in at the election as he scored a paltry 6885 votes in the so-called supplementary election as against the 204,877 votes polled by the PDP candidate, Alhaji Idris Wada in the overall election.
“However, as a law abiding party, we hereby urge our members and the people of Kogi State to remain calm and not despair over this slap on democracy as the courts would soon deliver justice with regard to the authentic governor with the mandate of the majority at the election,” the PDP said. (Daily Trust)