…invites critics for inspection tour to see development in Kogi State
A pro-Yahaya Bello campaign group, All Nigerians United for Yahaya Bello Organisation (ANYABO), has come down heavily on publishers of a special report against the governor, saying that the report did not represent who Bello is.
The report, published by THE WILL, is said to have described Governor Bello as a ‘young man with no legacy behind, no vision ahead’.
In its reaction to the report, ANYABO said: “It has come to our attention, a so-called special report written by one Sam Diala which was filled with discombobulated fiction and orchestrated misinformation with an intent to malign.
“The report exposes the writer as someone who has a preconceived animosity towards the object of his report with no attempt at objectivity and professionalism. It was a unidirectional traffic towards denting the image of a man undeserving of such opprobrious fusillades.
“In the first instance, the Channels polls referred to in the report is unrepresentative of the general currency of public opinion in the country about Governor Yahaya Bello. Your cannot conclude that the segregated opinions of just above 6,000 people is determinant of the decision of over 200 million people. Polls are not always reflective of the sociopolitical realities of a given polity. In 2016, the overwhelming sentiment was that Secretary Hillary Clinton would defeat Donald Trump by a wide margin and emerge the first female president of the United States.
“Relying largely on opinion polls, election forecasters put Clinton’s chance of winning at anywhere from 70% to as high as 99%, and made her victory something like a fait accompli certainty. They were all completely disappointed as Donald Trump eventually won the Presidency and even defeated Hilary where she was pegged as the heavy favorite to win in a number of states such as Pennsylvania and Wisconsin that in the end were taken by Donald Trump.
“This is just one example out of many to show that even well-organised opinion polls with wider populations of participants involving hundreds of thousands of people doesn’t provide a definitive outcome of election results.
“For the report to describe Yahaya Bello as a ‘young man with no legacy behind, no vision ahead’ betrays the author… Yahaya Bello is a revolutionary visionary with uncommon insights and capacity for the management of complex matters of state. Yahaya Bello inherited a state in rapid decline socioeconomically. He inherited a state with burgeoning insecurity and developmental anarchy. But through managerial ingenuity and creative leadership, he put Kogi state on a regimen of accelerated recovery that activated developmental strides that Kogi State is witnessing today but to which the report’s author chose to be blind to.”
Speaking further, the group said, “The indigenous rice mill that the report sought to ridicule produces rice that is the second highest selling in far away Lagos after foreign rice.
“Insecurity, crimes and criminalities in Kogi State have waned by 70-80% due to the robust support given to security agencies in the state including the military. The governor is in the driver’s seat of security management in his state despite being a civilian. He purchased hundreds of operational vehicles and thousands of communication and monitoring equipment for the security agencies to enhance their operations. The citizens are being encouraged to be active participants in the security of the state by availing Security agencies intelligence reports that affords the security agencies to act proactively to prevent crimes.
“Yahaya Bello’s administration has invested heavily on education by making sure that model primary schools are built in all the Wards of Kogi state. At least the report acknowledged that the Governor started and completed the the state’s university and renovated and upgraded the state’s Polytechnic. Beside the aforementioned, the governor has renovated uncountable numbers of secondary schools and makes welfare of teachers of maximum priority. In the area of education and manpower development, Yahaya Bello has beaten all his predecessors with impeccable records of performance.
“The writer of the report is encouraged to cross-check the latest facts on ground before making another report.”