The rift between the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello and his deputy, Simon Achuba, has deepened as the state government accused the latter of graft.
At a town hall meeting in the Ibaji Local Government Area in the eastern senatorial district on Thursday, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Edward Onoja, accused Achuba of accepting kickbacks from contractors working on some roads in the area.
He said the embattled deputy governor was under investigation for the alleged offence, blaming his (Achuba’s) office for government’s failure to fulfill its promises to Ibaji people.
Onoja said the people would be surprised by the revelations on their son who he described as “the enemy within.”
He stated that he played roles in the nomination and subsequent emergence of Achuba as deputy governor, adding that he took many factors into consideration before backing the Ibaji people to clinch the deputy governorship slot.
Reacting to the allegation, the Senior Special Assistant on Political Matters to Achuba, Honorious Aromeh, described Onoja as a sinking man.
According to Aromeh, Achuba’s statement portrays him as a man with a lying spirit. He wondered why a governor’s aide would publicly derogate the office of the deputy governor by telling lies to cover up government’s inadequacies.
Aromeh said, “Who was the contractor that alleged that the deputy governor collected kickbacks. Was it because the deputy governor collected kickback that Bassa road and roads in the western and central senatorial districts are not completed? Was it because the deputy governor collected kickbacks that made projects inconclusive and why government cannot inaugurate a project in three years, while workers and pensioners are owed salaries and pension for between 30 and 35 months?”