These may not the best of times for the embattled Senator representing Kogi East Senatorial District, Atai Aidoko, as his constituents are currently bitter with him over issues bordering on dishonesty greed and theft.
The aggrieved constituents of the district are at loggerheads with the politician for hoarding Keke Napep, motorcycles, sewing machines and grinding machines, which were supposedly meant for their empowerment, under the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) scheme, but which were cornered by Senator Aidoko, who is now seeking re-election back to the Senate for a second term. Unimpeachable sources squealed to us that the politician has only just released the hoarded motorcycles and other materials because of the 2019 elections and his veiled second-term ambition. The sources said the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) senator had hitherto warehoused the materials, running into billions of naira, instead of giving them out to constituents on time, as expected of him, which is why the sudden release of the items is now raising more questions than answers. Normally, members of the Senate, nay National Assembly, are allowed to nominate projects in their constituencies, in alignment with MDG goals, but funds meant for such projects are often diverted into buying giveaways like motorcycles, sewing machines, grinding machines etc., which are then used as baits when elected representatives are due for re-election. We gathered that the senator allegedly or otherwise, surreptitiously, kept the materials away deliberately, with the intention of using them as baits to inadvertently entice delegates during the party’s convention because he had nothing to point to as his major contributions to the welfare of the people of Kogi State, especially his Kogi East senatorial district constituents, since he got elected into the Upper House of the National Assembly.
A constituent from Kogi East Senatorial District said angrily, “I wonder why the senator is sharing these items now, when in his last four years of our representation in the Senate, he had virtually done nothing for his people. Kogi East voters are now wiser and would do what they have to do at the PDP primaries in September to choose someone who will truly have their interest at heart,” he lamented.