No intention To Create Former Governor Office- ododo Clarifies


The Kogi State Government has denied the report that the state Governor, Usman Ododo has approved the establishment of the ‘Office of Immediate Past Governor’.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) House of Representatives candidate for Dekima/Bassa Fender Constituency in the 2023 elections, Austin Okai took to his X handle on Monday to allege the governor, saying that the new office will be domiciled in the Government House.

However, a statement by the spokesperson to the Governor, Oladele John, described the allegation as absurd, adding that the immediate past governor of the state, Yahaya Bello is only aiming for higher national achievements.

The statement read, “My attention has been drawn to a publication in some sections of the media inferring that His Excellency, Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo, Executive Governor of Kogi State approved the establishment of the “Office of Immediate Past Governor” to be domiciled in the Government House.

The idea of establishing an “Office of Immediate Past Governor” within the Government House is absurd. His Excellency Yahaya Bello, as the immediate past Governor of Kogi State, is clearly aiming for higher national achievements, not clinging to a redundant position. Creating such an office contradicts the essence of progress and forward-thinking leadership.

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“Yahaya Bello’s track record in Kogi State speaks volumes about his commitment to development, making the notion of him seeking a symbolic past role implausible. The focus should be on encouraging leaders to contribute to the nation’s growth, not on concocting unnecessary positions that hinder their potential contributions on a broader scale.

“It’s important to clarify that the Governor, His Excellency Ahmed Usman Ododo, has no such intentions to create the purported “Office of Immediate Past Governor.” This fallacious information appears to be the handiwork of mischief makers seeking to sow discord and mislead the public. It is crucial for the public to exercise discernment and not fall prey to such obvious lies that only serve to create unnecessary confusion and undermine the credibility of responsible governance.”

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