Kogi Gov Denies Bankrolling Purchase of Nomination Form for Buhari

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Alhaji Yahaya Bello, the Kogi state governor has denied the allegation that he purchased APC nomination form for President Muhammadu Buhari.

Petra Akinti, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, in a statement says the allegation is a lie.


This is coming on the heels on several reports suggesting that Bello bankrolled the purchase of nomination form for Buhari.

“The general public is hereby urged to disregard the story making the rounds that Yahaya Bello purchased nomination and expression of interest forms for President Muhammadu Buhari, Petra said.

“The story is false and being peddled only to serve a mischievous point. Do not join in spreading it,” she said.

The ruling All Progressives Party (APC) has fixed its 2019 residential nomination form at N45 million, an amount Buhari said he cannot afford because of the high cost of the price.

Mr. Bashir Ahmad, the president’s spokesperson on new media, in an earlier report, said unidentified Nigerians purchased N45million APC presidential nomination form for Buhari.

However, there have been reports suggesting that the Kogi state governor may have taken state funds to purchase the form for Buhari, a claim the state government has denied.

This may be unconnected to the governor show of his staunch support for Buhari, often the governor has made public statements, suggesting he can do anything to make Buhari happy.

Last week in his hometown at Okene, the governor was quoted to have said, Buhari will stop the nonsense Saraki, the Senate President and Dogara, Speaker of House of Representatives are doing when he wins the 2019 election.

He had earlier this year accused the Catholic bishops of criticizing Buhari for not allowing them to be corrupt, a statement that generated a lot of critiques on the side of the governor. In a swift, reaction, the Governor denied the statement saying he was misquoted.



Credit: West Africa Reporters

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