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Stopped allowances: Only God has been sustaining me in two years -Kogi Deputy Gov

Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Simon Achuba on Friday said since his statutory allowances were stopped by Governor Yahaya Bello, two years ago, he has only survived by God’s sustenance.

Achuba who said he has no plans of contesting against Bello in the forthcoming elections despite the treatment meted out to him, lamented that his statutory allocation amounting to N819,709 980 had been stopped by the governor in the last two years. 

Speaking with State House Correspondents after meeting with the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Achuba who refused to disclose the outcome of the meeting said that discussions were ongoing to resolve the issue. 

On how he has been coping in the last two years as a Deputy Governor without allowances and impress, he said, “Well you know in life what sustains a man is God. So if your hope is in God, you will be very much alive. 

“If you have money and don’t have God, you will be living like a dead person. But if you have God you can live, He is the one who provides to man. So if one source closes, God opens another sources for you to live. Supposing I am not a Deputy Governor, won’t I be alive?”

On why the allowances were stopped, Achuba said that the only excuse given to him was that there was no money. 

On his relationship with the governor, the deputy governor said, “For now it is not very smooth, it is not what it is supposed to be and it is not supposed to be like that.”

Asked if  he will support Bello in the forthcoming governorship election, he said, “When the time comes. There are issues to be put on table for discussion and these are the issues why I am here,  when those issues are settled you will see us flying again, politics is like that.” 

He, however ruled out the possibility of contesting against his boss. 

“No, I am not contesting. I won’t contest against him for whatever reason,” adding that if crisis is resolved he will work with Bello. 

“If they are resolved, why not? Everybody has interest and if the interests are taken care of, why not.”

Simon Achuba, raised the alarm that his life was in danger last year, alleging that the policemen attached to him have been  withdrawn on the orders of the State Governor, Yahaya Bello.

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