Outgoing Governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello has vowed that members of his cabinet including commissioners who allegedly betrayed him during the November 11 governorship election in the state, saying they will not go unpunished.
The All Progressives Congressive (APC) candidate, Usman Ododo, was declared winner of the governorship election, beating his contenders, Dino Melaye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Muri Ajaka of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
Bello, speaking during a closed-door meeting with APC stakeholders in Lokoja, on Saturday, November 18 expressed anger at the cabinet members, accusing many of his allies of betraying him because of his choice of Ododo as his successor, despite everything he did for them.
Bello described the allies as ‘enemies within’, plotting with the opposition parties to pull him down.
He said; “All of those disgruntled elements” moved against him “after everything I did for them.”
“I was fighting known enemies while enemies within were pulling me down. God punish you all.
“They said if it can’t be me, then it can’t be Ododo. They were busy conniving and conspiring with the opposition.
“They call themselves leaders but were misleading the people.
“Shame on you all,” he said.
Bello warned that if he ever hears the “leaders” threaten any of their subordinates, he would deal with them severely.
The Governor pointed a direct finger at a Senator from the state whom he said was “wrecked” by his brothers before he (Governor Bello) revived him from his alleged financial bankruptcy.
“Today, you are a second-term serving senator. You were laughing with us while you went behind to text opposition messages to hinder our party from having 25 per cent in some local governments,” he added.