- Governor Yahaya Bello believes he is well positioned for a second term in office as Kogi prepares for election
- Bello says his achievements including in salary payments and security would help him during the election
- The governor berated the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for accusing him of trying to truncate its own primaries
After meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has said he is set to win the forthcoming election in the state and to be sworn in for a second term.
The Nation reports Bello as expressing this optimism when he spoke with State House correspondents after the meeting with the president and the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole.
While saying he would not take anything for granted in a bid to win the election, he said he had started his preparation far before the 2019 general election adding that his achievements count for him.
“As regards level of preparedness, I am not just preparing now, I have been ready for this election even before the last general election that produced Mr President, the National Assembly and the state houses of assembly.
"So, we are well prepared for the election. As for victory, I think by the grace of God it is assured.
“Like the chairman has said, we are not going to take anything for granted. Whether the candidate of the opposition party is strong or not, we will approach the election with seriousness and ensure that it is conducted freely and fairly and we will become victorious by the grace of God. On November 17, we will be announced the winner,” he said.
Bello also denied claims by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that he planned to scuttle its primary election. He noted that the congresses of the of the opposition party had always been marred by violence.
“So the outcome of that of the last primaries they conducted shouldn’t take anyone by surprise.
“We have a larger number of delegates in Kogi state. We started our exercise early enough and finished early enough in peace. I am not a member of PDP; I wouldn’t go in there and conduct it for them,” he said adding that the residents of the state are prepared to vote for him because they understand that he performed far more than previous administrations.
He mentioned the issue of salaries which he said his administration resolved after two previous governments failed in that regard. He also said his government has presence in all the local government of the state through infrastructural developments.
“Kogi State is the second safest state in Nigeria today, I didn’t say it. We have various bodies that rate the performance of various government and administration; Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and the rest of them, they said it,” he claimed.
Legit.ng earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari met with Governor Bello and Oshiomhole.
The president met with the duo at the Presidential Villa on Friday, September 6.
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