Lawmakers representing Kogi State in both arms of the National Assembly yesterday cried out over alleged terror being unleashed on them and their constituents in the State by their State Governor, Yahaya Bello.
The Lawmakers have called on President Muhamadu Buhari to call Governor Yahaya Bello to order, while they urged the international community to put Kogi politics on focus and save Nigeria’s democracy.
In a statement, signed by eight out of the twelve federal lawmakers from the state, the allegedly terrorised lawmakers , called on President Muhammadu Buhari to call the governor to order in the interest of survival of democracy in the state and by extension, in the country at large .
The lawmakers comprising of the three senators from the State namely, Senators Dino Melaye ( Kogi West), Ahmed Ogemve ( Kogi Central), Atai Aidoko ( Kogi East ) and five out of the Nine Honourable members from the State in the House of Representatives in the statement enumerated series of alleged acts of terrorism the governor has unleashed on them and their supporters since 2017 till date
According to them , the latest of such actions was the prevention of Senator Ogembe from entering Okene last Saturday by suspected thugs of the governor aside being chased away by the same thugs in March this year during an empowerment programme for his constituents in the same town.
The federal lawmakers in the statement said it was a known fact to all watchers of events in Kogi State that the attacks on Ogembe by Governor Yahaya Bello , were simultaneously unleashed on other lawmakers in the State at different times in recent times , turning the State to a lawless entity in a country governed by constitutional democracy.
“This cry has become imperative because persons holding contrary or alternative political views with Governor Yahaya Bello can no longer move freely within the State, neither can they hold political meetings or conduct political activities such as Town Hall Meetings, Constituency Empowerment Programmes without violent interuptions by the State Government and its agents .
“ The governor has muzzled the state legislators, flagrantly disobeyed the judicial pronouncements of the courts and acting as Lord unto himself and no one else can challenge him in any manner whatsoever despite our constitutional democracy and its well entrenched time tested principles of checks and balances .
“ If , as Legislators , we are prevented from constituency visits, and our empowerment programmes are violently disrupted by the Governor, one wonders how it would be possible for elections to hold without violence in 2019 .
“ Enough is enough , we hereby call on Mr . President to instruct the Police and other security agencies to be neutral politically and call the Governor to order “, they said .
They added that as far as they and good people of Kogi State are concerned, Yahaya Bello’s government within the last two years has been nothing but reign of terror, lawlessness and regression to the archaic state of nature “ where life is short, brutish and nasty”
Nneka Amaechi-Nnadi, Abuja