Blockbuster! Yahaya Bello Deputy, Simon Achuba Dumps APC And Yahaya Bello For PDP

Kogi State Deputy Governor, Hon. Simon Achu­ba has dumped the All Progressives Congress, APC to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

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Hon Achuba announced to dump the APC this afternoon.

Hon. Achuba (JP) hails from Ibaji Local Government Area of Kogi State and was a two-time honourable member of the state House of Assembly from 1999 to 2007 where he was Deputy-Speak­er during his second tenure.

Achuba has since February deprived of his salaries the development, according to sources, had made him appear in the office once in a while as he also has not been attending public functions. Although the embattled deputy governor had always carried on as if all was well and had never complained publicly about the way he was being treated, sources stated that his travails had been on for many months. Indications that all may not be well with the deputy governor continued on Monday as the administrator of his local government area of Ibaji, Hon Tom Offor, was removed allegedly without Achuba’s knowledge.

The local government boss was said to be holding an official function with the wife of the governor, Rashida Bello, in attendance in Ibaji when his removal was announced in the media. It was further gathered that the deputy governor attempted to inquire from the governor about the removal of the chairman but the governor denied any knowledge of the development. But the governor, while reacting to the development, said the relationship with his deputy had remained cordial as they had been working together for the development of the state. Bello, who spoke through his special adviser on media and publicity, Kingsley Fanwo, said the story of a rift between him and Achuba was a creation of mischief makers that wanted to capitalise on the current political environment in the state. According to Fanwo, the deputy governor last represented the governor at the swearing-in ceremony of the Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, saying he had been functioning without inhibitions.

He also described the removal of the Ibaji local government area administrator as a government routine, adding that the local government boss was only redeployed as Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Power. According to him, the removal of the administrator of Ibaji on account of his funding the deputy governor was a ruse, saying it was not in the culture of administrators in the state to service individuals but the grassroots. Achuba was appointed by Bello as a replacement for the deputy governorship candidate of the party in the 2015 election, Hon James Faleke, who refused to serve as deputy following the death of the governorship candidate, Abubakar Audu.