Video: Kinsmen Accuse Kogi Senator Of Pocketing N10 billion For Constituency Projects

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The people of Ugbamaka-Igah town in Olamoboro Local Government Area of Kogi State have accused Mr. Atai Aidoko, a senator representing Kogi East Senatorial District, pocketing over N10 billion meant for constituency projects.

The accusation was made in a petition made available to SaharaReporters. Mr. Aidoko, who hails from Ugbamaka-Igah, is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

According to Ugbamaka-Igah people, there are no basic amenities in the community.

“For ordinary water, the people of Ugbamaka trek for over three kilometers daily,” people of the community said in the petition.

They find it curious that Mr. Aidoko, who has failed to initiate water projects despite receiving tonnes of money for constituency projects in the 14 years he has spent in the National Assembly is the one spearheading “Project Save Kogi”. According to the senator’s kinsmen, he has provided wretched representation, starting from his days in the House of Representatives, where he represented Ankpa/Omala/Olamaboro Federal Constituency from 2003 to 2011 and served as Chairman, House Committee on Federal Capital Territory, and later as Chairman, Senate Committee on SEGS.

“Aidoko is the longest-serving federal lawmaker from Kogi East but ironically, the worst amongst all, as he has serially failed his people in terms of robust legislation, provision of amenities through constituency projects and youth empowerment.

“After his poor run as a House of Representatives member, Aidoko was wholeheartedly rejected by his people but that became a perfect avenue for him to unleash his legislative ineptitude on the entire Igala race as he landed himself in the upper legislative chamber after snatching the peoples’ mandate from Mr. Dangana Ocheja through a court process after 2011 election.

“He was rejected again in 2015, but through his usual craftiness in collaboration with the judicial system under the reign of the PDP, he stole the mandate of the people from Mr. Abdulrahman Abdullahi (Railway),” said his kinsmen.

As current chairman, Committee on SDGs, alleged the people, there is no project that has come to him.

“Other senators buy contracts from Senator Aidoko for the interest of their constituencies and he converts the proceeds into buying exotic cars for personal use amid the untold suffering of his people,” the community further alleged.

They added that people die daily in the community due to lack of clean water. On account of the allegedly poor representation he offers, the senator is said to visit the town at night and sneaks out before the Crack of dawn.

“Senator Aidoko is not in any way familiar with the saying that ‘charity begins at home’. His people have no water, no electricity, no telephone network, no schools and of course, no proper health care system,” claimed the people.





Credit: SaharaReporters

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