Buhari gave me N30.8 billion to pay salary arrears, I did not owe workers – Yahaya Bello

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– Governor Yahaya Bello has said that he did not owe workers’ salaries in the state

 

– Bello said that he got N30.8 billion from President Buhari to pay salary arrears

 

– The governor, however, said he did not disrupt PDP’s primaries as being alleged

 

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has said that President Muhammadu Buhari gave him a bail out of about N30.8 billion to clear salary arrears of workers in the state.

 

The Nation reports that he insisted that his government is up- to- date in the payment of salaries.

 

Legit.ng gathered that the governor, who spoke with newsmen after a meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and all those who contested the party’s governorship primary, also asked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to look inward in the search for those who attacked the venue of their primary election rather than blaming him.

He said: “As regard the issue of news making the round that Kogi state is owing salaries, I want to categorical state that, my two predecessors inherited salary arrears. It is a problem I inherited when I assumed office. But I want to announce to you today that Kogi does not owe any worker salary at all.

 

‘’We have been able to clear all workers salary and we are up to date. As a matter of fact, the last primary election that was held on August 29, we paid the salaries of August. That is to tell you that we are up to date as far as salary is concerned. The issue of us owing up to 38 months’ salary arrears before we cleared it was all false and lies.

 

‘’We did not owe up to that, what we were owing at that time was between four to five months. As I speak with you now, Mr. President graciously approved bailout of N30.8 billion for us and our national chairman helped me to facilitate the release and the fund which has been fully applied and salaries are cleared including pension arrears. We do not owe any salary.”

Responding to the allegation by the PDP that he was behind the attack on their primary, Bello said he is a member of APC not PDP.

 

“I am a member of the APC and not PDP. We gave a level playing ground to all the aspirants from all political parties to carry out their activities freely within the state. They moved round the entire state and we provided security for them and ensure that they were safe. Let me tell you that my colleague, the governor of Adamawa state who chaired their primary committee consulted me before he came and informed me that he was coming to conduct the election.

 

“I provided his accommodation, his feeding and some other logistics within the state to ensure that he had a hitch free exercise. I conducted the security people round the stadium and I can tell you that my security chiefs in Kogi state are excellent people,” he said.

He said when the APC conducted its exercise on August 29, it had a larger number of delegates than what the PDP had and that it conducted a hitch free exercise.

 

“I was the first to arrive the stadium at about 9.00am and as early as 10.00am, we started our exercise and finished everything before 10.00pm and left the stadium.

 

“That is how efficient we are and so, they should not make excuses for their inefficiency or for their brigandage. I am sure that you know that a lot of them have record of criminality and some of them even have criminal cases in court. So, they are known for such activities,” he added.

 

On the outcome of the meeting and assurances received, he said: “All my brothers and sisters have agreed to queue behind me and help me in the forthcoming election to make sure that APC becomes victorious in Kogi state and continue to deliver the dividends of democracy to our people. “I want to express appreciation to my brothers and sisters. Very many of them already have sent me text message of congratulation and are willing to join hands with me to execute the election smoothly.

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