THE Kogi State Government has raised alarm over an alleged smear campaign plot against Governor Yahaya Bello ahead of the 2023 general elections.
There have been speculations that Bello is interested in contesting for Presidency in 2023, a move that has unsettled some major political actors.
Addressing reporters during its quarterly news briefing, the Commissioner for Information in Kogi State, Kingsley Fanwo, who highlighted some of the achievements of Governor Bello, said the state government has uncovered plans to paint the governor in bad light ahead of the 2023 general election.
He said the state government had unravelled plots by certain persons to launch a smear campaign against the governor on the ground that he embezzled the state’s funds.
“With all of these achievements, it is unfortunate that some disgruntled political liabilities are still bent on launching a smear campaign on the person of His Excellency and the Government of Kogi State.
“Fresh on the heels of the discredited allegations against the Kogi State Government by the EFCC, backed by some other powerful vested interests in the country, the Kogi State Government is aware of several plots to paint it black in the public perception regularly from now till 2023,” the commissioner said.
He added that several bloggers and media handlers had been contracted on a retainership basis to attack the governor.