The monarch said he supported Bello in 2015, but Yahaya Bello have change, he is not the way they used to know him before
The Paramount ruler stress that he had observed that the governor was being misled by money and bad people around him
The Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, Abdul Rahman Ado Ibrahim, has responded to the maladministration of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state.
Repoting by Daily Trust, the Paramount ruler said for the fact that he supported Yahaya Bello in 2015, the governor was being guided wrongly by money and “extremely wrong people around him.”
Why he suppot Bello, the Ohinoyi told Daily Trust, that he supported Bello in 2015 because his assessment of the governor was positive, but “he is a different thing today.”
His word read, "Bello does not listen to the counsel of traditional leaders “but he gave more time to those who idolize him.”
“So there is this issue of the boy not knowing what he should do because he has extremely wrong people around him. Bello is a nice young man and highly intelligent; that is why I recommended him at that time.
“People said I was supporting Bello because he is my cousin. Well, partly, that could be one reason. Two, he had money to do it, and that money is what has misled him so far.
“A good person should always put money aside and put reality in the front. Money should just be a palliative anytime you need it.
“The governor did not allow traditional rulers to advise him. I haven’t sat with him to advise him on issues that are required to stabilise the peace of the people. I think I should advise him on policy issues, but he gave more time to those who idolize him. He is enjoying that.”
When to Monarch was ask on the issues owing salaries and arrears in the State?
He said: “For the assessment, I can’t say much, I can only talk about what people are saying and what I read in the papers.
“I don’t know how he does it. If people say he didn’t pay salaries, I cannot say why he didn’t do that. As far as I am concerned, he is paying salaries. I cannot comment on whatever they say he is doing.”
The Paramount ruler stress that despite their is so much criticism of Yahaya Bello he did want their relationship derailed.
“Whatever I want to say is that my human relations with him should not be put to shame. I introduced him and favoured him in place of others. I did my own assessment of him at that time. He is a different thing today, as far as I’m concerned.
“His relationship with Ebira people is a bit dented because he has more relationship with the Igala people, who are leading him in government. And they are the people I am now talking to so that they will have a change of mind and vote him back.
“Honestly, they have the votes. All I am trying to do is to get them to give him another term, after that if they don’t need to see his face anymore they can seal his fate. Whatever term they want to give, I’m prepared to go to any length".