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2019: Buhari will get more votes in Kogi – Bello

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, said on Friday President Muhammadu Buhari would get more votes in Kogi State than his home state, Katsina, if he decides to run for presidential elections in 2019.

The governor stated this while speaking with State House correspondents after observing jumaat service at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said: “I’m sure you are following us as we are receiving decampees from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and all other political parties. And any time we hold any decamping rally in any local government area you will see the mammoth crowd that turns out.

“So, Kogi State has already endorsed President Buhari for second term. We are just waiting for the time to come. You are going to see the votes that will come out of Kogi State. It will dwarf that of Katsina State I can assure you.”

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Bello said his state is not owing workers’ salaries.

The governor added: “In Kogi State today we are up to date as far as salary is concerned. In the month of December like Mr. President magnanimously assisted us with another tranche of Paris Club Refund, our own figure was N1.2 billion and some other change on top.

“We didn’t just stopped at that, we borrowed up to N10 billion and we added November/December allocation to our figures and we were able to clear four months at a stretch before Christmas and some left over were cleared before this January in Kogi State.

“As you all know the salary was very bogus and according to the figure we had we were able to distribute it among these months.

“Moving forward from this January, we have decided that we are going to make use of our clock-in device for every civil servant in Kogi State both at local and state levels. So that as you come to work and clock-in, that is exactly how your salary will end up being generated.

“It is online, it is automated so nobody is going to cheat anybody. That is how we are going to go in the state so Kogi state civil servants and pensioners will be happy with this administration.”

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