- Kogi state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello officially declared his interest to contest the gubernatorial seat for a second term recently
- The governor's declaration has activated political activities in the state ahead of the November polls
- An aide of the governor, Kingsley Fanwo, says the governor's declaration has made his political opponents jittery
The director-general of media and publicity to the Kogi state governor, Kingsley Fanwo, has stated that Alhaji Yahaya Bello's declaration for second term has made his political opponents jittery.
The governor recently declared his intention to contest for a second term at the banquet hall of the Government House, in Lokoja during the inauguration of the Kogi State House of Assembly Commission.
Governor Bello said his declaration came after thorough consultations with the leadership of his party both at the national and state level and calls from the people of Kogi state on him to run again.
Fanwo said Governor Bello's declaration has unsettled his opponents, “many of whom had thought the party would fail and then die after the 2019 general elections in Kogi state.”
He continued: “Immediately after the declaration, diaspora opposition pressed their panic button and ventured into rumor mercantile, spreading all forms of rumor.
“First, it was that the governor has not performed in office. We didn’t fight them. We only rolled out 105 verifiable achievements in 39 months of stewardship. Like the rat who saw a cat, they ran away from that sentimental infantilism.
“The new disingenuous point they now propel is to insinuate the governor was going to leave his party for a new ground. This viewpoint is not only a calorie from ignorance, but a confirmation of the confusion in the opposition camp.
“Governor Bello inherited a battered party which was depleted by those who circumvented the constitution of the party. We lost seats at the national and state assemblies to court judgements and was barred from participating in the reruns.
“He reorganized the party, gave fillip to the dynamics of inclusion and constitutionalism in the party. He provided leadership and registered over 500,000 new members in the party in an unprecedented drive.
“He supervised free, fair and credible congresses that was widely commended and also oversaw a nomination process which was a clear departure from the era of impunity.”
He said the governor will remain in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and fly the flag of the party during the election.
According to him, the governor has the support of the executives, leaders and members of the party and they recognize his voice as the grand commander of Kogi APC.
“We are looking beyond August. We are already working hard to win the Governorship election in November. He has built APC and he understands APC. He is the future of APC..
“Governor Bello will not leave the house he has expanded to accommodate over 500,000 new tenants to become a tenant. He is the father of Kogi APC.
“We urge all supporters and lovers of the governor and Kogi state to dismiss the weak lies of those who have been jolted by the success of the governor,” he added.
Meanwhile, Governor Bello on Wednesday, April 24, signed Kogi Health Insurance Agency, State Youth Development Commission bill, and six other bills into law.
The bills were signed by the governor in his office at Government House, Lokoja, in the presence of the Speaker, Kogi House of Assembly, Mr Matthew Kolawole, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mohammed Ibrahim (SAN) and other dignitaries.
In his remarks, the governor said that the signing was another milestone in the history of Kogi state, describing it as unprecedented.
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