Kogi state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello hasn’t been seen in public in a while, and there are growing concerns over his whereabouts.
According to reports, the state’s deputy governor, Simon Achuba, has been filling in for Bello, receiving visitors on his behalf.
Numerous rumors are already suggesting that the governor’s health is in critical condition, and the opposition are already picking on that.
“We have the right to know the whereabouts of our governor,” the coordinator of the PDP Youth Frontier, Austin Okhai told Daily Post.
“He can’t leave a private life while governing a state. We deserve to know where he is because he did not inform the state house of assembly that he was traveling.
“As far as I am concerned, our governor is missing and we deserve to know where he is. Kogi State is now without a governor and without a government for about two weeks now, this is pathetic,” he added.
Responding to the reports, the governor’s spokesman, Kingsley Fanwo, released a statement saying the governor was only on leave.
The statement read: “My attention has been drawn to the spurious rumour that there are concerns over the health of the Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello.
“I want to state clearly here for the avoidance of doubt that the rumour lacks any iota of truth. It is a reflection of the depth the enemies of Kogi State have gone in their desperate angst against fate.
“The governor is hale and hearty, healthy and unwavering in his vigour to make Kogi State the Confluence of Excellence.
“I urge all Kogites of goodwill to discountenance the rumour as His Excellency will return from his two weeks break on the 12th of November, 2016.”