Bayo Oyewale,, Lokoja
Following the abysmal failure to recall he senator representing kog
west senatorial ditrct, Senator Dino Melaye ,the governor Yahaya
Bello may have threatened to sack some of his Aides from the western
It was gathered that the governor who was said to have been very
furius following the following the monumental failure recorded in
an effort to recall the embattled senator .
The governor was said to have threatened the Aides to return the
mobilization funds given to them to facilitate the recall, or consider
Sources hinted that the seven local government administrators in the
zone who were said to have been mobilized are said to be at the centre
of the recall exercise.
It was learnt that at least sum of N200,000 was earmarked to be
shared in each of the 560 polling units where the signatures
verification exercise took place with each of the aides ‘mobilized ‘
with sums of money ranging from N5 million – 10 million naira.
The source added that each petitioner was earmarked the sum of #10,000
but the Aides reportedly gave as low as N500- N1,000 to each
petitioner, a development which was said to have angered some
petitioners who decided to boycott the exercise.
At least 50 percent plus one was required on Saturday to continue
with the recall process but a pitiable 5.34 percent was eventually
garnered which made INEC to discontinue the recall exercise.
With the alleged threat of the governor, it was also gathered that all
the political appointees from the zone have gone underground with some
secretly visiting spiritual homes to help them retain their jobs .
Several phone calls put across to some of the Aides by news men in
Lokoja responded with ” the number you are calling has been switched
During the Saturday verification exercise, it was gathered that some
of the governor’s Aides who attempted to disrupt the exercise were
immediately rebuffed by the people.
The Director- general on media and publicity to the governor,
Kingsley Fanwo was specifically said to have mobilized some thugs to
disrupt the exercise in his MOPA amuro constituency.
However when contacted, Fanwo denied of having hand in mobilizing any
thug to disrupt the exercise.
He also said there was no mobilization funds given to anybody by the
state government, saying ” the whole thing is a ruse and an attempt to
paint the state government black”
In a swift reaction, the Director General. Media and publicity
Kingsely Fanwo has said that the State governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello
has not given anybody a dime for the the recall process, say it was
figment of imagination of thos peddling the rumors..