The political battle for 2019 has kicked off in Kogi State with Governor Yahaya Bello already putting structures in place to dislodge those disloyal to him and create his own dynasty.
Bello we gathered has ordered his Chief of Staff, Edward Onoja who is seen as the De Facto governor, to throw his hat in the ring and test his popularity. One of those to be kicked out by the governor is Senator Ali Attai Aidoko, to be replaced by Onoja. According to our sources, Bello is uncomfortable with the Senator for detesting him and not pledging his loyalty to his failing government.
Other persons who will make up the dynasty include Hon. Ahmed Mohammed representing Ankpa 1 in the State House of Assembly who defected to the All Progressive Congress (APC) sometimes ago on a prearranged move between him and the governor to be given the House of Representatives ticket which is presently been held by Hon Hassan Omale from Ajobe.
Ahmed is a close ally to Onoja who he has been using to cause disharmony in the legislature alleged a source. During the lawmaker’s one year anniversary, Onoja was present where he told the constituents to consider him for a higher position than the House of Assembly.
Unknown to Ahmed, the governor has also promised one Hon. Halims, a former House of Assembly member the same ticket to the House of Representatives.
As the race for the November governorship race gets closer, the State Governor, Mr Willie Obiano has perfected plans to wreck other candidates financially, while ripping them financially to his benefit.
One of the strategies put in place by him is imposing bills on aspirants who want to make use of billboards situated in the state.
This revelation was made by one of the aspirants Osita Chidoka of United Peoples Party (UPP). According to him “under the draconian tariff, candidates are required to pay N5 million per view side of Unipoles; N5 millon per view side of gantries and bridge panels; and N10 million for LEDs. The state is also charging the candidates N5 million for posters per senatorial zone, N2 million per Federal Constituency and N500, 000 per Local Government. Our state has three senatorial zone, 11 federal constituencies and 21 Local Government Areas.
If my campaign were to erect 3 Unipoles billboards per Local government, the 21 Local Governments in the state will cost us N315 Million in fees to the Anambra State Government. We cannot afford this outrageous cost whose purpose can only be to exclude law-abiding candidates.
More so when the Governor’s Party had seized private Billboards throughout the state for their ongoing campaign without paying the owners of the Billbords not to talk of paying the exorbitant state fees”
Basking in false believe of his untouchable nature by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) despite monumental evidence against him that he fraudulently awarded contracts to his company, Nigeria House of Representative member, Mr Leo Okuweh Ogor has boasted that he will kick out President Muhammadu Buhari from Aso Rock come 2019.
The notorious and arrogant Isoko lawmaker made this disclosure during a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) mega rally held in Sapele on Friday. Breaking the political rule of anti campaign until the ban is lifted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Ogor campaigned that “Your Excellency, congratulation, your 2019 is a done deal”.
He described the All Progressive Congress (APC) as a party that has shown to Nigeria that all they represent is hunger. “They have made us almost eighty one promises and none of these have been kept. We have only one mission left and what is that mission; we are collecting PDP because Delta State is a PDP state and the only thing remaining is to march towards Aso Rock and claim our mandate back.”
Apparently sure of rigging the 2019 election, he boasted that all the available positions will be swept by the PDP including Aso Frock since Buhari is an interloper.
Ogor is supposed to be facing two hundred and fifty count charges by the EFCC following disclosure of his many fraud.