- Different groups, associations and religious bodies are endorsing candidates ahead of the Kogi governorship election
- APC candidate and incumbent, Governor Yahaya Bello seems to be getting loads of support
- An influential religious group has endorsed the governor for a second term in office
Members of the Jama'Atul Izalatul Bidia Wa'Ikamatul Sunnah (JIBWIS) have endorsed Governor Yahaya Bello for a second term few days to the November 16 governorship election.
The group made its stance known when they paid a solidarity visit to the governor at the Government House, Lokoja on Thursday, November 7.
The group, while described the governor as “stabilizer of peace and proponent of harmonious coexistence” adding that the state has enjoyed unparalleled peace and development under the leadership of Yahaya Bello.
Governor Bello who was overwhelmed by the support accorded to his government by the group said the state government is spurred to bring Kogi back to it's lost glory
He assured them of giving priority attention to all religious bodies in Kogi in order to sustain the peace and harmony the state has witnessed since the beginning of his administration.
He maintained that the group were amongst the first that prayed for the success of his administration upon assumption of office, saying he will continue to accord equal respect and support to all religious groups in the state.
He enjoyed the Islamic group to speak to their followers on the need to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner before, during and after the election.
Speaking earlier, chairman of the group, Alhaji Yahaya Musa Danladi said they are grateful to Governor Bello for giving attention to the perennial problem in the state and appreciated him for his efforts in supporting the Izala Islamic in Kogi state and other religious bodies.
He assured the governor of their unflinching support at all times especially in the November gubernatorial election in the state
On his part, the deputy governor of Kogi state, Chief Edward Onoja praised the group for identifying with the state government, urging them not to renege on their support for the government.
Meanwhile, prominent Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftains in Kogi state on Wednesday, November 7 defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the governorship election in the state.
The defectors who were led by a former acting governor of the state, Clarence Olafemi, formally to the ruling party during the APC rally held in Yagba federal constituency.
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