After comfortably seated in his reserved seat in a Saudi Arabia-bound airplane, Governor Yahaya Bello, has been embarrassed after finding out that his visa has expired.
Gov. Yahaya Bello
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State was reportedly stranded on Thursday after he was stopped from traveling to Saudi Arabia for a lesser hajj at Malam Aminu Kano International Airport as his travel visa had expired.
SaharaReporters disclosed that the governor who had boarded the Saudi Arabia bound aircraft and sat on his reserved seat while his aides were busy processing his travel documents, later discovered that his visa has expired.
It was learnt that after the shocking discovery of the expired visa on his passport, the visibly disappointed governor had no alternative but to disembark from the aircraft, and proceeded to the Kano State Government House, where he spent the night.
In a new statement released today, the governor stated his own side of the viral story, alleging that the report was a handiwork of his enemies. Read below;
“Since I read the piece purportedly written by one Mr. Amuda Dan Suleiman to the effect that Governor Yahaya Bello was barred from travelling abroad, I have restrained myself from responding to the calumnious, spurious and malicious publication by sponsored renegades of the opposition.
“My restraint was informed by so many factors. One, the architects came up with so many versions of the story. To some dreamers, Buhari stopped the Governor. To some mischief-brewers, security agencies barred the Governor from traveling. And to the last set of abridged thinkers, Sen. Dino Melaye physically went to the airport to stop the Governor.
“Let us however give the sponsors the glory of weaving up a nexus of agreement on the reason why the Governor was “stopped “ from traveling. They claimed the alleged stoppers told the Governor to go back and pay salaries before embarking on any international trip.
“To set the record straight, nobody stopped the Governor from travelling abroad. Nobody would have anyway, because he reserves such right to travel even as salary payments have been ongoing. Only a few MDAs, who haven’t complied with the wage bill integrity are yet to be paid and they are few.
“The sponsors of the write-up have a clear mission: To smear the personality of the Governor and distract him from his laudable projects and programs in the State, which is making him more and more popular among the people. The goal of the sponsors was clearly defeated.
“The elbow of attack by the detractors has been sprung on their desperation to discredit the Governor and set the people against him. The Kogi State Staff Verification Exercise has emerged as the most scientific and meticulous. It was an all-out approach aimed at weeding out the canker worms, who had made it impossible for Kogi State to progress. As a Governor who is determined to succeed, it is logic-wise to confront the cog in the wheels of progress.”