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Voters not traditional rulers can save Bello— Audu 


Governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Mustapha Audu, has said Kogi State traditional rulers’ decision to endorse Governor Yahaya Bello would not influence the electorate, who are yearning for good governance.

Audu, whose father, Prince Abubakar Audu was coasting home to victory in the 2016 Kogi governorship poll before he passed on in controversial circumstances, said the traditional rulers’ visit to President Muhammadu Buhari to canvass support for Bello’s second term bid was a show of shame.

Audu, who said this in Abuja, urged the monarchs to dedicate themselves to addressing their subjects’ plight, rather than dissipating energy on efforts towards Bello’s reelection.

He said: “What we saw yesterday was a display of the level of poverty in Kogi State today. The traditional rulers have no business seeking support for the Governor, who is supposedly the President’s first son. We do not believe the traditional rulers at the Villa yesterday are the representatives of our people in Kogi State.

“These rulers are setting a very bad example. They are showing us that their pockets are more important than their people’s welfare. Kogi is the state where civil servants are committing suicide. Just a week and a half ago, a female civil servant got an alert of salary payment. She went to the bank, thinking it was real, only to discover it was fake, and she dropped dead.

“No Governor needs an introduction. But if you haven’t performed, if you haven’t worked hard, if you focused on spending monies frivolously, rather than investing in your people, then, you have to be introduced…”


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