By Musa Tanimu Nasidi.
Deputy governorship candidate in November 2015 Kogi governorship election, Hon. James Abiodun Faleke has said he is ready to reconcile with Governor Yahaya Bello if he can pay civil servants salaries and open all the tertiary institutions in the state.
Faleke made the declaration in Abuja while answering questions from journalists at the end of Kogi West All Progressive Congress (APC) stakeholders meeting.
He said the efforts currently been made by the national secretariat of the party to reconcile the warring factions at this period is a welcome development.
“Reconciliation can only be achieved in a give and take terms, and one of the key issue we will like to put before the committee will include payment of workers and,pensioners salaries among other issues,” he said.
According to Faleke, Governor Bello is already destined to be the Governor of Kogi state, and should have taken the onerous advantage to serve God and humanity.
“It is an obvious fact that Alhaji Yahay Bello is the Governor of Kogi state, and the luckiest in terms of funds accrued to Kogi State in the history of governance in the state, there must be no reason whatsoever why the state’s physical and infrastructural development is retarded.
“He should also remember that whatever he is doing as governor is tenured, the question he should be prepared to ask himself is what has he achieved, while evaluating his score card,” he added.
Faleke equally advised the governor to quickly resolve the issues that led to the continuous closure of the state tertiary institutions.
“Can you imagine that the Kogi state University at Ayingba, has been converted to where people now dry their cashew nuts? A citadel of knowledge for that matter! I am not just making this up, we went there and we have pictures.”
He therefore noted that the Audu/Faleke blueprint for the state is still available for the governor to use.
“The people of the state want to see development and true New Direction, victimising perceived opposition or social critics can only make the government unpopular before the people. The only way to make your government popular is by shutting your critics up through massive infrastructural, physical and human development,” Faleke said.
The stakeholders meeting was presided over by the Deputy Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Umar Buba Jibril.