Kola Ologbondiyan, national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says Kogi has become the most backward state in the country under governor Yahaya Bello.
Ologbodiyan said Bello cannot point to any development project he implemented for the benefit of the people.
Richard Ihediwa, assistant director, head of unit, publicity department of PDP, in a statement signed by him and made available to journalists on Sunday, quoted Ologbondiyan to have said this during his tour of PDP formations in Kogi over the weekend.
He lamented that Bello has “turned Kogi into the most backward state in the country, with infrastructural decay”.
“Yahaya Bello has done absolutely nothing to merit any form of commendation,” Ologbondiyan was quoted as saying.
He urged the state governor to “utilise the resources of the people of Kogi State for their benefit, including infrastructural recovery as well as paying workers and pensioners.”
However, the state commissioner for information, Kingsley Fanwo, while reacting to the statement, said the state government does not need to react when Kabba people, Ologbodiyan’s kinsmen, are already pointing to the massive road constructions in his home town.
He described Ologbondiyan’s statement as “reckless and false”.
“His party recently said they were afraid of GYB ahead of 2023. So, they have possibly started hatching their plans. Unfortunately, they have started on a wrong note,” Fanwo noted.
“Continuing, he said, “When PDP was in power in Kogi, a governor refused to put electricity in his home town. GYB did it.
“In Ologbodiyan’s Senatorial District, GYB established the best rice mill in Nigeria, apart from other infrastructure like roads, schools, hospitals, water facilities and others.
“Today, over 200 communities are to be connected to the national grid in Kogi East in the next couple of months, as the project has reached 95 percent completion.
“Look at the massive road projects in Kabba, Omala, Olamaboro, Okene as well as healthcare infrastructure springing up everywhere.
“The Ganaja Junction Flyover is emerging into a masterpiece. We sympathise with Kola Ologbondiyan and his sinking party.
“Yahaya Bello has done and also doing what their parties failed to do over the years.”