A group of Youths of Kogi State under the umbrella of Kogi Liberation Group yesterday exonerated Prince Abubakar Audu, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Kogi State governorship election, from blame over the non-release of the federal government’s bailout fund for the state.
The youths emphasized that rather than putting the blame of the delay in releasing the fund on Audu, Governor Idris Wada should blame himself for the delay.
The group in a press statement signed by the national coordinator, Malami Ibrahim and its Press Secretary Ogu Idegu in Jos yesterday said, “Governor Wada should hide his head in shame for his failure to secure the fund approved for the state just as he has failed in providing dividend of democracy to citizens of the state since assumption of office four years ago.
“The bailout fund was approved for all the 36 state governors by the federal government and most of the governors have successfully processed their own and have already taken care of the welfare of their civil servants.
“From our findings from the CBN headquarters, Gov Wada have not satisfied CBN requirements on how Kogi State deserves the N50.8 billion, which is the highest amount requested by any state governor. Meanwhile other governors have been able to justify the release of their funds and they have been given without delay by the same CBN.
“In a manner to prove that Gov Wada has no concern for the welfare of civil servants, the government neglected the process at CBN and chose to concentrate on his campaign for his second term election at the expense of state civil servants.
“But rather than Gov Wada accepting the delay as his own failure just as he has failed in governing the state, he decided to politicize his own incapability as governor by putting the blame on Audu and the CBN governor.
“We therefore wish to caution Gov Wada to leave Audu and Emefiele out of this issue and face his own official challenge squarely and use the opportunity to prove his capability.
“By the failure of Gov Wada to access this approved fund and settle his workers, the governor has only proven that he has little concern for welfare of civil servants.”
The group appealed to civil servants in the state and the organized labor to bear the situation necessitated by mis-governance of the PDP led administration in the state, saying all their problems will be over as soon as APC takes over the state by 2016.
We are confident that no amount of campaign of calumny against the APC’s candidate will deprive Audu’s APC to win the November 21 governorship election in the state.

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