Apparently worried by the recent happenings in Kogi state, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and Audu/ Faleke group have berated Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State over the demolition of roundabouts in Lokoja, the state capital over assertion of voodoo power planted under them by past administrations. The State Publicity Secretary of PDP, Mr. Bode Ogunmola condemned the demolition exercise yesterday in Lokoja while briefing newsmen on Bello’s first 30 days in office and accused the governor of running a voodoo administration.
Ogunmola explained that residents of Lokoja, the state capital woke up last week Friday and Saturday and discovered that major roundabouts in the city have been destroyed overnight by bulldozers sponsored by the state governor, noting that the first casualty of this policy was the Lugard Roundabout right in front of Government House. “Those already demolished are Kogi Circle, NTA roundabout, Paparanda Square, Welcome to Lokoja roundabout, Ganaga roundabout, zone 8 junction and Lugard roundabouts “The rumour mill has it that the governor ordered for the demolitions on the advice of marabouts who claimed that roundabouts harbour charms allegedly planted by past governors of the state. This voodoo government will certainly beat the imagination of every right thinking person in this century.
“We call on the governor to provide more purposeful leadership and leave voodooism to its occultist practitioners. No state can move forward if its leaders are held back by ancient, unscientific and diabolic practices.” Ogunmola stated that they are voicing out now contrary to their early stand to wait until Bello’s 100 days in office before commenting on his style of administration because if the governor’s policies are left unchecked, the state will in no distance time reach unredeemable level. “The last thirty days (of Bello in office) has been anything but progressive. What we have witnessed is a knee jack approach to governance characterised by poor policy formulations, reversals and somersaults. We are afraid that if this administration does not tamper its clueless and obvious exuberant tendencies, the imminent collapse of our state and its cherished values may come faster than soothsayers and marabouts may predict,” he said .
He also bemoaned the inability of the new administration to pay the immediate past political officer holders, saying it was obvious that the former administration was owing four months salary but the governor failed to pay the political office holders. In the same vein, the Audu/Faleke campaign group had in a statement by its Media Coordinator, Duro Meseko described the demolition exercise as an ill-informed and directionless effort coming at a time when the state is reeling in the throes of cash crunch and socio-economic crisis. “We are at a loss as to why the governor should take this very precipitate action by waking up one day and ordering the demolition of these roundabouts most of which were colonial and military landmarks on some reportedly outrageous excuse of trying to uproot amulets purported to have been buried in them by some past regimes. Does it mean Kogi is habouring a superstitious Chief Executive whose decision making are tailored towards the dictates of some marabouts?”, the statement said.
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