The Kogi State Governor, Usman Ododo, has denied a report claiming that the state government approved the establishment of the office of the immediate past governor for his predecessor, Yahaya Bello.
A report on Monday claimed that Ododo approved the establishment of Bello’s office to be domiciled in the Government House.
According to the report, the development will give Bello daily access to the running of the state.
Bello handed over to Ododo last Saturday as the state governor.
Reacting to the report in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Oladele John, on Tuesday, the governor described it as fake, adding that it was the handiwork of “psychotic mischief makers.”
The statement read in part: “The attention of the Kogi State Government has been drawn to a mischievous report that the Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency, Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo, has approved the establishment of the ‘Office of the Immediate Past Governor’ to be domiciled in the Government House.
“The fake news should be disregarded as the handiwork of psychotic mischief makers, who have been thrown into confusion by the unprecedented achievements of our former Governor, His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, CON, and the realisation that the good people of Kogi State sincerely appreciate this.”
Ododo, however, urged the public to disregard the report, saying: “The laughable report was concocted to create disaffection and mislead the public but the authors failed woefully to confuse intelligent Nigerians.
“We thank the media for exercising restraint and detecting, on their own, that the report was fake.
“We, however, urge the general public to always fact-check before spreading fake news.”