The Kogi State Government has accused some persons and bloggers of planning to launch a campaign of calumny against Governor Yahaya Bello, ahead or the 2023 General Elections.
Speaking with Journalists in Abuja, the Kogi State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Kingsley Fanwo, disclosed that some persons had been paid millions of naira to embark on the adventure, after a similar failed attempt at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
“Intelligence reports at our disposal show that a certain George whose other details we prefer to keep for now is at the centre of this conspiracy. If and when his madness manifests, we will respond to him with the applicable legal force. Our gentleness must not be mistaken for cowardice,” he said.
According to him, the State Government had unravelled plots by the persons to launch a smear campaign against the Governor on the ground that he embezzled funds belonging to the State.
Fanwo said several bloggers and “media-guns-for-hire” had been contracted to regularly publish claims of embezzlement of public funds by Bello and his administration.
The Commissioner said: “Fresh on the hills of the discredited allegations against the Kogi State Government by the EFCC backed by some other powerful vested interests in the country, the Kogi State Government is aware of several plots to paint it black in the public perception on a regular basis from now till 2023.
“We hope that you gentlemen of the press will be vigilant and activate your investigative offices before running with such fabricated and unfounded allegations.
“Despite intense pressure and lobbying from across the country and even Nigerians in diaspora, Governor Yahaya Bello has not told anyone that he is running for President in 2023.”