The Deputy Governor of Kogi State , Mr. Simon Achuba, was in the Presidential Villa, to tell his own side of the story about his fight with Governor Yahaya Bello.
Dep. Gov. Achuba claims that his boss Gov.Yahaya Bello has stop the payment of his entitlements amounting to N819.7 million over a perios of time. The Dep. Gov. has issued a threat to that the will be consequences if the governor does not release his entitlement.
He claims that his travel allowances, hotel bills, outstanding monthly imprest, as well as allowances and salaries have not been paid to date.
Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to the President met the deputy governor behind closed doors and kept mum on the details of the discussions when quizzed by journalist after the meeting at State House.
The Dep. Gov. however, revealed that discussions were ongoing to resolve the `problems’ between him and the state governor who, he said, was responsible for the stoppage of his allowances for the past two years.
“Well, it is a private discussion in relation to my office. From my discussions with him, there is hope that all the issues will be resolved. With God, all things are possible,’’ he said.
When asked how he has been `coping’ as deputy governor without allowances in the past two years, Mr Achuba waxed philosophical saying: “Well, you know in life what sustains a man is God. So if your hope is in God, you will be very much alive.
“If you have money and don’t have God, you will be living like a dead person. But if you have God you can live, He is the one who provides to man.
“So, if one source closes, God opens another source for you to live. Supposing I was not a Deputy Governor, won’t I be alive?”
Journalist wanted to know if he will support or contest against Mr Bello, who has since indicated interest in the governorship election slated for November 16. The deputy governor ruled out the possibility of doing that because of what he described as `unfair treatment’ being meted against him by Governor Bello.