Yahaya Bello, Kogi state Governor-Elect, on Tuesday, November 19, denied his alleged claims that he was owing salaries, saying it was a lies.
The Herald earlier reported that First Lady, Aisha Buhari, on Thursday, November 14, begged the people of Kogi to forgive governor Yahaya Bello over unpaid salaries.
Bello said his administration met salary backlog owed workers in the state, but insisted that his administration was not owing workers.
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The governor-elect, who said this while featuring on Channels Television, also alleged that thugs of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stabbed a resident after he was declared winner of Saturday’s election.
He said: “All these reports of me owing salaries are lies. Past governors of Kogi State were owning salaries starting from Audu to my immediate predecessor. Kogi state is not owning any dime at the state level, what is left is the ten percent from the previous government.
“As for El-Rufai kneeling, he was begging that Kogi people should forgive Bello for ensuring security and ensuring the state was peaceful and not because he could not pay salaries.”
On the claim of people being killed during the election, Bello said: “After I was declared winner, a PDP thug stabbed somebody and ran into the house of their women leader but he was caught and dealt with.
“My deputy governor-elect’s wife was shot at but thank God she didn’t die, the police are looking into it and would bring the culprits to book.”