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Kogi APC Chairman refutes saying Abubakar Audu ‘ll return 11bn loot if voted

The Kogi State Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Hadi Ametuo has refuted reports that he appealed to Kogi State citizens to elect his party’s gubernatorial candidate, Prince Abubakar Audu, to enable him (Audu) return to the state, the N11 billion allegedly embezzled by the former governor while in office.

Former Kogi Governor, Abubakar Audu
Former Kogi Governor, Abubakar Audu

Speaking in a chat with Vanguard, yesterday, Ametuo, who was said to have made the appeal while addressing newsmen after the Eid el-Kabir 2015 prayers, described the report as the desperation of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), adding that the cheap propaganda has exposed their weakness.

“How could I say Prince Abubakar Audu will return money if elected, when Audu never stole a dime while in office? Prince Abubakar Audu is a shrewd manager of resources and he is incorruptible. Over the years, he has been the poster of opposition politics in Kogi State, because of his desire to see to the development of the state,” he said.

The Kogi State APC chairman, who also described Audu as a man of integrity, said 2015 is the year of APC to uproot the non-performing PDP from Lugard House.

He said: “The PDP should start preparing their handover notes because the people of the state will reject them on November 21. They have failed the Kogi State, a situation which has repudiated their tenancy in Lugard House.

“Today, Kogi State is one of the least developed states in the nation despite the comparatively high allocation coming into the state. With low allocations, Prince Abubakar Audu was able to build all the institutions you find in the state today. We are confident of defeating them at the poll.”