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‘I’m not owing workers any dime’ – Yahaya Bello claims after victory

The governor-elect of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello, on Tuesday criticized the claims that he owed workers salaries and pointed out that such “lies”.

Bello said his administration encountered the pay backlog that workers had in the state, but insisted that his administration didn’t owe any worker salaries.

The governor-elect, who claimed he appeared on TV, also said that the criminals of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, stabbed a resident after being declared the winner of of Saturday’s elections.

Bello also said that his deputy’s wife was also killed after the election winner emerged.

He said: “All these reports of me owing salaries are lies. Past governors of Kogi State were owning salaries starting from Audu to my immediate predecessor. Kogi state is not owning any dime at the state level, what is left is the ten percent from the previous government.

“As for El-Rufai kneeling, he was begging that Kogi people should forgive Bello for ensuring security and ensuring the state was peaceful and not because he could not pay salaries.”

On the claim of people being killed during the election, Bello said: “After I was declared winner, a PDP thug stabbed somebody and ran into the house of their women leader but he was caught and dealt with.

“My deputy governor-elect’s wife was shot at but thank God she didn’t die, the police are looking into it and would bring the culprits to book.”

Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had on Monday declared Governor Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress, APC, winner of the Saturday’s governorship election in the state.

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INEC’s Returning Officer in the state, Prof. Ibrahim Garuba had declared Bello winner after polling 406,222 votes to defeat his closest rival, Musa Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who scored 189,704 votes.