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 ?”