The embattled Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Elder Simon Achuba, has raised the alarm over alleged mobilization of gunmen by his boss, Alhaji Yahaya Bello to attack him, appealing to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu to come to his rescue.
The Deputy Governor cried out over the ugly development at a press briefing held at his residence in Lokoja, the state capital on Thursday.
Achuba told journalists that information at his disposal revealed that Governor Yahaya Bello has mobilized gunmen to attack him over his perceived lingering anger on him.
According to Achuba, “Bello should be held responsible if anything happens to my life. I am appealing to President Buhari and the Inspector-General of Police to beam their searchlight on Kogi state as a result of Governor Bello’s alleged gunmen activities in the state”
He also stressed that “You cannot be a governor of the people and killer of the people as Bello is exhibiting”.
On the claim of the Kogi state government that he has been paid all his entitlements to date, Achuba debunked the claim describing it as false and threatened court action to get his two years unpaid salaries and allowances settled without further delay.
” As a deputy governor, I have staff whose salaries come under my office including mine and other allowances and impress to run the office since 2017.
“The governor refused to pay. The issue of salaries is critical and not about me as labourers deserve their wages ” Achuba affirmed
“My monthly salary for instance as a deputy governor is N385,000. How can I run my office with this kind of pay without impress in the last two years?” he asked.
The deputy governor admonished his boss to always see himself as a servant of his people and not master by being humanitarian in all his actions and inactions in the administration of the State.
He explained that his continued rift with his boss has nothing to do with none performance on his part as been alleged but because of his disenchantment on the bad governance of the state by Bello which has inflicted endless untold hardship on the people of the state.
Meanwhile, DAILY POST effort to speak with the Director-General Media and Publicity to the Kogi State Governor, Kingsley Fanwo proved abortive as at the time of filing this report as his phones were switched off and message sent to him was not replied.
Source: Daily post.