The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has called on commercial banks in Nigeria to be circumspect in giving loans or any form of credit to the Governor Yahaya Bello-led administration in Kogi State.
PDP explained that the state was not willing to bear any responsibility for such facilities when Bello vacates office on November 16, 2019.
A statement by PDP’s spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, cautioned financial institutions to note that Bello and his administration have a “Caveat Emptor badge and that the people of Kogi are not ready to inherit their financial liabilities.”
The opposition party alleged that Governor Bello plans to mislead banks into granting the state loans, after which it would be diverted into private accounts by chieftains of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state.
The statement reads: “The party draws the attention of commercial banks to the fact that Yahaya Bello cannot scale the hurdles of the November 16 governorship election following the consensus by the people to vote in the PDP candidate, Engr. Musa Wada, as their next governor.
“We alert that the caution is sequel to information to our disposal on alleged intentions of the Bello administration to mislead commercial banks into granting it huge loans, under certain hazy items and conditions, after which the money would be frittered by APC leaders and cronies of the administration.
“Our party wants the nation to note that the people of Kogi State can no longer accept any further mortgaging of the future of the state by Yahaya Bello, whose administration has gone down as the most profligate in the history of our nation and which cannot account for over N700 billion of Kogi fund released to it in the last four years.
“Anybody or organization in league with Yahaya Bello is directly supporting the torturing and impoverishing of the people of Kogi state by the Bello administration, which has manifested so much insensitivity in owing workers as much as 36 months salary arrears.
“On our part, the PDP is committed to running a prudent, transparent
and productive administration where the welfare and economic empowerment
of the people is overriding; where salaries are paid promptly, where
infrastructural development in critical sectors take center stage and
where accountability is the watchword.
“In this regard, the PDP urges all financial watch organizations to join the people of Kogi state in monitoring all monetary activities of the Bello administration as well as all inflows into the state coffers, particularly, the N10.06 billion federal refund, which the PDP insists, must be declared and directly channeled for the payment of salaries so as not to allow the ring of APC leaders achieve their plot of diverting and stealing the money for their selfish purposes.”