By Boluwaji Obahopo
LOKOJA— GOVERNOR Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, yesterday, said, he would soon speak out on his double registration allegation by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
This is even as a group, Governor Yahaya Bello Media Support Group, GYB MSG, carpeted INEC, saying the commission was waging a war against the governor.
Director General, Media and Publicity, to the governor, Mr. Kingsley Fanwo, who spoke for the governor, said the governor was upbeat in the midst of allegation of double registration against him, insisting that he (governor) was prepared to prove his innocence.
He said: “We have not said anything about the allegation because we have to allow our legal team take it up and expose the incoherence and falsehood surrounding the politically orchestrated allegation.
“The governor will soon come out to lay the truth on the table. Impregnable facts will dwarf the current campaign of calumny against the person of Governor Yahaya Bello.
“INEC had told the world they had no evidence of double registration. They also gave dates during which the purported double registration took place. They may have to be confronted with their own words.
“Those calling for the governor’s resignation over a mere allegation have further exposed their ignorance and desperation. They need to wait till 2019 to test their popularity among the people of Kogi State.”
‘’Why are they sounding critical publicly while sending emissaries to plead with the governor for the remedy of their dimming political hope ahead of 2019? Their hypocrisy will soon be a public knowledge.
“The governor will clear his name. But he remains focused on his goal of making Kogi a better place for all.”
Also speaking yesterday, National Coordinator of GYB Media Support Group, Kayode Ajibola, said the allegation of double registration against the governor was “unfounded and unsubstantiated”.
He averred that INEC acted in bad faith by rushing to conclusions without availing members of the public of the facts at their disposal as to whether the governor actually did double registration or not
Ajibola challenged the electoral umpire to come clean over the saga and apologize to the governor for “dragging his name in the mud needlessly.”
He said INEC should put more facts out on the allegation or risk losing public confidence.
He said: “For INEC to allege that the governor did double registration, it ought to provide more facts. Where, when and by who?
“But INEC might be circumspect after it was proven that the earlier date given by the commission proved to be false as the governor was not even in Africa on the said date.
“We urge INEC to allow politicians play their game without undue meddlesome interference on the part of the umpire. INEC should not be seen to be helping opponents fight their war”.
On the call by Senator Dino Melaye and Abiodun Faleke on the governor to resign, Ajibola said the senator was just being hypocritical.
“When Senator Dino Melaye was alleged not to have finished from ABU, why didn’t he resign? When the saga of the Harvard University and London School of Economics cropped up, why didn’t he resign? We should learn to play politics with a high sense of responsibility”.