Gov. Yahaya Bello in Panic Mood As Buhari Orders Details Of Kogi State Transaction With Zenith Bank

Panic has gripped Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state over an order by the Presidency to Zenith bank PLC for transcript of Kogi state government’s transaction since the past three years. A senior member of the state government who does not want his name mentioned because he is not authorised to speak made this known to this medium. According to him, Governor Yahaya Bello has been in a state of unrest since the past days over this development. He went further to say that the Governor christened the latest move by the Presidency is as betrayal of his loyalty to the government of Kogi state. The source further stated that President Muhammadu Buhari took this latest decision due to several reports and petitions against Yahaya Bello. The President had become so worried that Governor Bello is yet to pay civil servants and pensioners their earnings since he assumed office as Governor of Kogi state despite over Two hundred billion naira he has received as statutory allocation, bailout funds, Paris club refund and other revenues accrued to the state. Meanwhile, findings from this medium showed that the Presidency got frustrated by the reports from Kogi state and complaints from some appointees of the federal government officials from Kogi state where they complained that the attitude of Yahaya Bello may cost the All Progressive Congress 2019 election. A Special Adviser to the President who is also a member of the kitchen cabinet of the President, informed this medium that the President became frustrated after he was informed that since the inception of the Bello’s administration he has not instituted, completed or commissioned any project. The President concern was facilitated by the non payment of salaries by the government, The presidential source who wants to be kept anonymous, further stated that an order for the statement of Kogi State Government’s account domiciled with Zenith bank PLC has been made by the Presidency to the bank with a view to ascertain movement of state funds. He said a similar order has been extended to Fidelity bank, Access bank, and Union bank. Our findings further showed that Yahaya Bello has become a “persona non grata” in the Presidency over his attitude to governance. “The President is not happy with Bello and he has barred him from participating in any activities in the State House, that is why he wasn’t invited when the President received nomination form that NCAN presented from him and he wasn’t invited to accompany the President to submit the form to the party secretariat”, the presidential aide stated.

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