Luxury apartments in Kuje prison should be Yahaya Bello’s new lodge – Dino Melaye - The People's Voice


Sunday, January 28, 2024

Luxury apartments in Kuje prison should be Yahaya Bello’s new lodge – Dino Melaye

By Our Correspondent

The immediate former Kogi Governorship candidate of People's Democratic Party PDP and Former Kogi West Senator, Dino Melaye, has described the just ended administration of Yahaya Bello in Kogi as worst in the state, saying the ex-governor now deserves a lodge at Kuje prison, Abuja.

 In an opinion piece on Saturday, which was titled ‘Yahaya Bello : The Termination of the Terminator’, Melaye, who was the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in last year’s Kogi gubernatorial election, accused Bello of brazenly displaying bad governance.

 “God, the maker of the earth, who lifts up and brings down powers, kingdoms and principalities, has by His infinite knowledge captured in His Holy Word the reality of tenures- To everything there’s a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. This is the harsh reality that Yahaya Bello now faces as he exits the office of the Governor of Kogi State, having desecrated the untainted empire that God gave to him on a platter of gold 8 years ago. 

 “The inglorious tenure of Yahaya Bello was a true reflection of the refrains in one of the popular numbers of the legendary Fela Anikulapo Kuti, ‘Dem bring sorrow, tears and blood, their regular trade mark’.

 These were the hallmarks of Yahaya Bello’s reckless governance of Kogi State. The seed of pain planted in the early years of his ascent were watered by the bitter tears of civil servants, while the harvest of the fruits of his wickedness were washed by the tears of traditional rulers in the fading days of his descent. 

 “The people of Kogi State will heave a sigh of relief from the intimidation and repression that characterised the eight gruelling years of Yahaya Bello.Though a child of democratic benevolence, the self-styled white lion demonstrated beastiality with military savagery. It was either his way or the highway. This explains why he hunted me and others he considered opponents with ferocious venom,” Melaye said. glo The outspoken PDP chieftain also alleged that Bello sent people after him, even as he accused the former governor of massive corruption.

 “The prodigal son is an angel when rated along Yahaya Bello. Having (allegedly) robbed Kogi State blind, the luxury apartments in Kuje prison should now be his new lodge. He caused 12 court suits against me, but to the glory of God, I have won 11 out of 12 frivolous cases and discharged from them all.

 “When the colourless lion assumed office in Kogi, the people had thought that the social cohesion in the state would be enhanced, especially in power sharing and management in the state. Rather than play statesmanship, he subscribed to unprecedented nepotism in all facets of his administration.

 He has not only promoted his kinsmen to incompetence, but he has bequeathed power to his own locale. It’s so bad that even in infrastructural and social development, he placed his part of the State excessively ahead of other parts of the state by building roads, health facilities, and a University in his district.

 “It was with the pressure from opposition parties in Kogi West that he hurriedly established a university in Kabba. Locating a university in Kabba is a welcome panic.

 However, with stories flying around that the lion who spends naira and dollars claims to have expended N6B on the University, it is only a matter of time for the immediate and remote reasons for establishing the University to manifest.

 “As Yahaya Bello pales in power and splendour, Kogi State needs to rebrand. Before his entry into the saddle of governance Kogi had a great profile of a state that is blessed with human and material resources, particularly mineral resources, which have persuaded investors like Dangote and Mangal to locate their industries in Kogi State.

 “Sadly, Yahaya Bello has succeeded in frightening investors away. The disruption of the operations of Dangote Cement Factory in Obajana and the altercation between the State Government and BUA are indicative of the brand identity that the erstwhile lion represents,” 

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