Contrary to the claims by the Kogi State Government that Governor Yahaya Bello is healthy, he had been admitted into a hospital in Germany for eye surgery.
The governor was in Dubai en route to Germany for the operation, which is expected to correct an eye ailment that had been troubling him for sometime.
now,the citizen are unhappy with the development..’Laid down constitutional rules are not advisory or optional for elected public officials who take an oath to faithfully abide by the law of the land.
A serving Governor cannot simply abscond from his post without notifying the elected representatives of the people of his state.
Nor can he undertake a major surgical procedure that might render him temporarily incapacitated without formally handing over to his deputy to run the state. The state is nobody’s personal property for Mr. Bello to run as he pleases.
The State Assembly must demand that he follows due process and more importantly, show greater respect to the office and people of Kogi State.’
It was learnt that the governor, however, could not wait for a formal handing over to his deputy, Simon Achuba.
The governor, it was further gathered, did not also officially notify the state House of Assembly of his foreign trip, contrary to laid down regulations.
Activities in the state had been grounded to a halt following the absence of Bello and some key cabinet members.
It was gathered that some of the cabinet members, including commissioners and special advisers, spent more time in Abuja, than in Lokoja, where they have their offices
The absence of the governor has generated anxiety in the state, leading to rumours that Bello was down with a deadly ailment.
Meanwhile, a socio-political organisation in the All Progressives Congress, Lokoja Integrity Group, on Monday, fingered those it described as people desperate for power as the brains behind the rumours that Bello was ill and might have died
The governor’s spokesman, Kingsley Fanwo, had, in a statement on Sunday, denied that the governor was nursing any ailment, stressing that Bello was hale and hearty.
Fanwo, however, urged the public to discountenance “the rumour,” describing it as lacking any iota of truth.
“I want to state clearly here for the avoidance of doubt that the rumour lacks any iota of truth. It is a reflection of the depth the enemies of Kogi State have gone in their desperate angst against fate,” he had stated.