Good day, and welcome to the Concise News compilation of the latest Kogi State news online headlines for today, July 27th, 2019.
Two gubernatorial aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the November 26 Kogi State governorship election have expressed worries that the N30.8 billion bailout fund released by the federal government to the state will be used by Governor Yahaya Bello for vote-buying, Concise News reports. The fund, which was released to the state government earlier this month, was meant for payment of workers’ salaries and pensions. The two aspirants, Dr Victor Adoji and AVM Salihu Attawodi recalled that the federal government refused to release such funds to the immediate past Kogi governor, Idris Wada shortly before the 2015 election for fears that he might channel it towards his re-election. Read more here.
Kogi State Deputy Governor Simon Achuba has vowed to seek legal redress at the National Industrial Court if Governor Yahaya Bello fails to release the statutory allocations allegedly due to his office after the expiration of a seven-day ultimatum, Concise News reports. A demand notice to the governor, signed by Femi Falani on the instructions of the deputy governor, called for the release of all statutory allocations due to the office of the deputy governor for 2017, 2018 and 2019 amounting to N819,709,980.00. The letter addressed to Governor Yahaya Bello and dated July 17, read in part: “Our client has informed us that your Excellency’s administration has consistently refused to give approval for the release of funds for the smooth running of the Office of the Deputy Governor even after memos to that effect have been approved for the office. Read more here.
The Kogi State Election Petition Tribunal Thursday fixed August 19 for the adoption of final address after concluding the defence of the consolidated petition by Natasha Akpoti of SDP and Ahmed Ogembe of PDP against Yakubu Oseni of APC. Concise News understands that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared APC’s Oseni as winner of the Kogi Central senatorial election in February. But Akpoti, who finished second and Ogembe, the immediate past representative of the area at the Senate, are challenging the outcome of the election. Led by Justice O.A. Chijioke, the three-man bench, Concise News learned, fixed the date after Oseni presented his remaining witnesses in defence of the petition EPT/KG/SEN/08/2019 by Ogembe. Read more here.
The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has adopted indirect primary for the Bayelsa and Kogi States governorship elections. The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, made this known in a statement made available to reporters on Thursday in Abuja. Ologbondiyan said that the party promised to conduct credible, transparent, free and fair primaries in the states. He also advised the aspirants and would-be delegates to conduct themselves within the party’s rules and regulations before, during and after the primaries. Read more here.
That’s the latest news from Kogi state for today. See you soon!