The social media space has been set ablaze after Senator-Elect of Kogi Central, Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan accused Governor Yahaya Bello of offering her ₦50 million to step down in the senatorial race in 2019.

Governor Yahaya Bello
Governor Yahaya Bello

Akpoti had claimed that the Kogi governor offered her bribe to step down for his anointed senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) while she was in the party.


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain spoke during an interview on Arise TV on Wednesday.

To her, Governor Bello increased the money to ₦70 million, and she turned it down.



The PDP chieftain stated that the governor wanted to be a Godfather in Kogi state at all costs.

She said: “While I was in APC contesting for the Kogi Central Senatorial ticket, Yahaya Bello offered me ₦50 million and later increased it to ₦70 million, and I still turned it down.


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“He wanted me to step down for his anointed candidate, who was the then Senator.”

Nigerians React

Some Nigerians have taken to their social media handles to react to the bribery allegation made by the Senator against Governor Bello.

See the reactions below:

@Ada_Agina wrote: “Yahaya Bello must have more than a few cases to answer on election violence. I hope Natasha and others affected will sue him when he leaves office. The man also seems to lack accountability, but that’s for EFCC to take up or ignore”.


@MyrorMiller wrote: “I like people wey dey call out like this, Yahaya Bello stingy sha, all the money you don loot so nah just 70M you wan use to buy her? You no learn well from your Oga at the top?”

@patience_2G wrote: “When some nincompoop say we practice democracy in Nigeria, I look at them and shake my head. Natasha, may God guide and protect you always. May you succeed for the good people of Kogi state, Amen”.


@ACEjealor wrote: “The godfatherism these rotten corrupt politicians try to establish if their predecessors did the same, will they have had the opportunity? The number of projects #70million can achieve for the poor people of Kogi State would have gone a long way towards improving their welfare”.

@1PeterChter2Vs9 wrote: “That’s the way of politicians, buy them with money, if they refuse, threatening them with money and bad names, if they refuse turn the people’s back against them with everything you could…is this the kind of legacy for the next generation?”

@Onlineguru_ wrote: “And Yahaya Bello was sending her congratulatory message. Hypocrites”.

@CAnochiwa wrote: “Power snatchers, grabbers and bolters are so the same. They think they can always change the will of the people via money”.

@tekboi83 wrote: “Nor dey whine us… 70m was too paltry compared to what you will syphon in office”.

@YungNedu01 wrote: “Normal normal you wise because u know to say u go see that 70m within a week if u enter there”.


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