- Governor Yahaya Bello has been endorsed by the Ebira People's Association ahead of the governorship election in the state
- The association, however, cautioned the Ebira people to be circumspect in their comments while declaring support for the governor
- The group hailed the governor for managing a complex state like Kogi, saying he has managed the situation well
The Ebira People's Association has called for an “unflinching, undivided and unreserved support and solidarity” for the re-election bid of Kogi state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello.
Dr Adeiza Musa Abdulrahman, the group’s president-general of the group in a statement sent to journalists on Wednesday, October 9, said it is Bello’s leadership model is fully endorsed by all progressive-minded citizens of Kogi state.
He stated that it is imperative for all sons and daughters of the Ebira nation to eschew divisive, hateful, discriminatory, inciting as well as any other form of undesirable messaging that may be suggestive of the November election as an ethnic supremacist struggle.
“To do otherwise will be in the negation of the very essence of the leadership trail blazing legacies of His Excellency Alh Yahaya Adoza Bello, who within a short period of time has done excellently well in laying a solid foundation for a truly united and peaceful Kogi state of our dream,” the group said.
The group hailed the governor for managing a complex state like Kogi, stressing that the state's ethno-geographical and religiously diverse in nature makes it challenging to govern.
“This rare leadership quality of our Governor, Alh Yahaya Adoza Bello has created out of Kogi a state that is egalitarian, socially just and fair to all without prejudice to ethno-geographic, religious and clannish background of all Kogites.
“Consequently, the second term aspiration of Governor Bello enjoys tremendous support that cuts across all sections of that state as the peace-loving people of Kogi from the Igala's to the Bassa Nge's, the Okun to the Kakanda's , the Bassa Komo's to the Oworo's are determined more than ever before to reward a man under whose watch no one is marginalized or left behind in the affairs of governance.
“An attempt to own Governor Bello by any section of the state including his native Ebira extraction will be repulsive to the spirit and letters of the new united Kogi state that has evolved under his leadership,” the group noted.
Meanwhile, Governor Bello has gotten the support of a key political figure in the state ahead of the governorship election scheduled for November 16.
Hajiya Halima Alfa, All Progressives Congress (APC) a political stalwart in Kogi East senatorial district has endorsed the governor for a second term.
The astute politician and former governorship candidate, disclosed this during her visit to Governor Bello at his residence in Abuja on Tuesday, October 8.
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