A Group under the aegis of Kogi East Youth Alliance for Good
Governance has warned the All Progressive Congress (APC) and other
political parties to beware of fielding Governor Yahaya Bello who will spell
doom for their parties in the November 2, 2019 governorship election.
This is as the group has debunked the claim credited to the Ohinoyi of Ebira Land, Alhaji Ado Ibrahim that the Igalas have hijacked Governor Yahaya Bello to their advantage in the governance of the state.
The Group in a statement signed by its President, Mr.
Desmond Anawo described the purported claim as not only an open indictment
of the Igalas but frivolous, unfounded and misleading.
The president noted that such a statement from a highly
respected Royal Majesty would amount to sowing seed of discord and fanning the
embers of disunity between the Igalas and Ebiras.
According to the statement “the claim of the Ohinoyi is
a complete falsehood in its entirety capable of sending wrong signal to the
outside world. The statement also observed that
before the present political misadventure which has polarized the people along
partisan lines, the Igalas and Ebiras have a long standing history of peaceful
coexistence adding that the Igalas and Ebiras have a proved and cherished
history of common ancestral ties and affinity that should not be strained by
anybody no matter how highly placed.
Anawo further noted that as it is now in the state,
“if it is true that the Igalas have hijacked Governor Bello’s
administration, why is that there is no responsible illustrious sons and
daughters of Igala extraction in the cabinet of the present government, but
tout and balderdash.
He lamented that it is unfortunate that the Igalas
are being made to play the second fiddle under the current dispensation
pointing out that going by the 1963 census the Igalas are the 9th largest
ethnic group in Nigeria, with a dominant population of 56% of the entire
population of Kogi state
He berated Governor Bello’s administration for being
sectionalist and tribalistic in appointment of his own tribe’s men into
strategic and sensitive positions leaving out the Igalas who are supposed to be
the major beneficiary in the allocation of appointments.
According to him “The pains the Igalas suffered during the unending screening exercise in which 75% of the Igalas on State/Local Government Employment were relieved of their appointments was unbearable.” To the people of the state fielding Governor Yahaya Bello in the next Kogi Guber election will spell doom for any party that made him their candidate as the entire Igalas have already rejected Bello” The statement warned.
While calling on the federal government to intervene in the worsening security situation in Kogi East by mopping up arms allegedly given to thugs for the elections pleads with state government to pay workers their accumulated salaries.