The Director General on Media and Publicity to the Governor of Kogi State, Kingsley Fanwo has described the Governor as a “gallant democrat” who is “determined to deepen democracy in the state”.
The Media Aide who referred to the “desperation to label the Governor a tyrant as a journey of feebleness”, said the Governor will remain undaunted in pursuing his goals of “building a new Kogi State that offers hope to the citizens and home to the dreams of people who believe in a greater Kogi”.
“Our attention has been drawn to a statement credited to the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, alleging that anarchy looms in Kogi State over what he viewed as ‘forced resignation’ of the former Speaker.
“We understand the fact that the President may not know what transpired at the House and should have sought for more information before making such statements publicly. The State Government explained how it has disbursed its Paris Club Refund even before the House of Assembly summoned Officials of the State to give explanations.
“The Accountant General of the State was at the Assembly Complex to render account of how the funds were utilized before the crisis that disrupted plenary on that fateful day. The events that followed the crisis showed that what happened was more of the agitation for the change in leadership of the House by members.
“We therefore take very strong exemption from those uncharitable names given to the Governor by someone holding a highly respected position as the President of the NLC. The Governor had no hand in what transpired on the floor of the House and will continue to guarantee the security of all Kogites”.
Fanwo called on the NLC President to “tone down” his “unwarranted attacks on the Governor of Kogi State”, saying such “derogatory comments are unbecoming of the Office of the NLC President”.
“We shall continue to respect the person of Mr Ayuba Wabba and the Office he holds. But we will also urge the NLC President to shed his impression of the Governor of Kogi State. Kogi State Government will continue to partner with labor for the development of the state”.
He urged the NLC President to visit Kogi State on facts finding in order to properly “understand the issues of workers’ welfare and accountability”, insisting that no State Government in Nigeria today is more transparent than Kogi State.