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Gov. Bello moves to replace Kogi SSG, shops for appointee

Mrs Folashade Arike Ayoade is set to be replaced as the Secretary to the Kogi State Government, SSG.

According to a government house source on Monday, the SSG needs to vacate her position following the re-election of Prince Mathew Kolawole as the 13th speaker of the State Assembly.

The source further confirmed that the SSG will be replaced by a former APC aspirant for Lokoja/Koton Federal Constituency, Alhaji Seidu Akao Salihu.

“The State exco is still deliberating on who will replace the SSG. But from all indication, she will be removed. From the look of things, she will be compensated with the position of a Senior Special Assistant to the governor.

Just last week, some party faithful from Lokoja/Kogi/Koton Karfe have allegedly accused the Gov. Bello-led APC government of neglecting their people in the appointment of people into juicy offices in his cabinet.

The President of Lokoja/Kogi advocacy for good governance, Comrade Ibrahim Haruna, in an interview with newsmen last week, said that the exclusion of a section of the state in governance is the “mother of all corruption”.

“But the truth is that corruption stares us in the face on a daily basis, especially with regards to exclusion and disregard to the plights of our people in a matter they are supposed to be key players. I don’t want to talk much, but that is my position. What we are seeing now is the mother of all battle against our people,” he declared.

Also, the Chairman of Youths Action Congress, Mr Denja Niyi, said that the Governor’s actions are fuelling more agitations. He insisted that the exclusion of these regions from the mainstream of Governor Yahaya Bello’s government has created an opportunity for them to vote for an aspirant that will cater for the well-being of their people.

Denja appealed to Governor Bello to spread his appointments across the two constituencies, adding that his alleged lopsided appointments are not helping his people and the party.

According to him, “I still wonder why an Okun man would be made the Speaker and same Okuns still have commissioners and SSG in a zone that consist of seven Local Government Areas.”

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