Gov. Bello denies spending N1bn to buy vehicles for appointees


Kogi State government has denied claims that Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has spent one billion naira to procure vehicles for the political appointees as alleged by the Audu/Faleke political organization in a statement on Friday.

Abdulkarim Abdulmalik, Special Adviser on Media and Strategy to the Governor said in a statement on Sunday that Governor Bello has not bought any vehicle for his political appointees contrary to the claims of Audu/Feleke political organization.

He added that the vehicle that the Chief of Staff to the Governor is using is his personal car and was not bought by the government for him.

He added that all the appointees of the Governor are yet to be given official vehicles and those who have were just using the old vehicles acquired and used by the immediate past government in the state.

“The vehicles in the Governors’ convoy, with the exception of two, belong to the Governor himself and that means he has been very mindful of extravagant spending as exhibited by some past leaders in the state, which has brought the state to the present pitiable situation,” the media adviser to Governor Bello said in the statement.

He, however, added that vehicles purchased by the Local Government councils were bought on loans, which is to be paid back in twelve months.

“It is interesting to let the Faleke group know that the Ford vehicles purchased for Local Government Administrators are cheaper than the one used by the immediate past council Chairmen in the state,” he added.