The Kogi State Governor-elect, Yahaya Bello, has dispelled rumours that he is owing a backlog of salaries.
Bello, while on the breakfast show of the Channels TV, also disclosed that some thugs loyal to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) unleashed terror on several residents after he was declared winner of the Saturday, November 16, governorship election.
“All these reports of me owing salaries are lies. Past governors of Kogi State were owing salaries starting from Audu to my immediate predecessor. Kogi State is not owing any dime at the state level, what is left is the ten per cent from the previous government,” Governor Bello stated.
“As for El-Rufai kneeling, he was begging that Kogi people should forgive Bello for ensuring security and ensuring the state was peaceful and not because he could not pay salaries.
“After I was declared winner, a PDP thug stabbed somebody and ran into the house of their women leader but he was caught and dealt with.
“My deputy governor-elect’s wife was shot at but thank God she didn’t die, the police are looking into it and would bring the culprits to book.”
Recall, INEC had on Monday declared Governor Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of Saturday’s governorship election in the state.
Bello scored 406,222 votes to defeat his closest rival, Musa Wada, of PDP who polled 189,704 votes.