- Kingsley Fanwo, the Kogi commissioner for information and communication, said that Governor Bello is under pressure to contest for 2023 presidency
- Fanwo made this known on his Twitter page on Saturday, November 28
- Nigerians have, however, said that the governor is not fit to run for the highest position in the country
The Kogi commissioner for information and communication, Kingsley Fanwo, has said that many people have asked the governor of the state, Yahaya Bello, to contest the 2023 presidential race.
Legit.ng gathered that Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state is currently trending on social media after Fanwo's statement on his Twitter page @KingsleyFanwo that many people have asked the governor to contest the election.
The commissioner had on Saturday, November 28, said the desire of Nigerians for a great country aligns with that of Bello, adding that “so we know the deafening calls will bring about a defining moment for our nation.”
"He wants a great Nigeria. Nigerians want a great Nigeria. He has done it in Kogi state. So we know the deafening calls will bring about a defining moment for our nation. We are thinking of Nigeria."
Explaining while he decided to post a tweet on the issue, the commissioner stated that many Nigerians are asking the governor to seek the highest office in the land.
“The people are calling on him to run for president, but he has not come out clearly to tell us whether he is accepting that clarion call or not.
“All over the six zones, we are having a lot of people calling on him to come and run. If you look at the people calling on him, it cuts across all parties and is not just an APC thing. He is a unifier. He is very capable and qualified, he perfectly fits into that bracket of what Nigeria wants.”
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Bello, who is currently serving his second tenure in office, became one of Nigeria’s youngest governors at the age of 40 in 2015.
The commissioner stated:
“He has shown that the youth can provide quality leadership in Nigeria. In Kogi, we have diverse ethnic groups which were not unified; there was the challenge of insecurity and underdevelopment, but he came in 2016 and was able to unite the state.
It is difficult to unite people, he has done it. It is difficult to accept gender equality, he has done it. It is difficult to confront insecurity, he has done it. It is difficult to grow the economy outside of oil, he is doing it. He is trained to believe!"
Nigerians have, however, reacted to Fanwo's statement on possible Yahaya Bello's presidency, describing it as a joke taken too far.
A Twitter user, @krativity, said the governor has failed to deliver on his electoral promises to the people of Kogi state.
"Nigerians cannot endure the kind of backwardness, mediocrity, lack of ideas and hooliganism going on in Kogi state. You have not delivered in a state as small as Kogi but you are already promising to deliver on a national stage. Stop this dry joke on a cool Saturday please."
In his comment, @AbbeyBabsp1, said the governor could not manage Kogi state successfully not to talk of governing Nigeria.
"Of all your post this I disagree totally. As small as Kogi state is he couldn't manage to satisfaction not to talk of Nigeria. @ProfZulum is still the best of all your party governors despite his minimal time in office and with the security challenge his state is facing."
Another Twitter user, @adexzona, however, said that he would like Bello to run for presidency in 2023 to test his popularity among the people.
"It must be a joke to test the waters. Of all the epistle, we still can’t pinpoint one thing he’s done. I will be happy if he run though as the public we recoup part of the money stolen."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that following the agitations by some geo-political zones to produce the next president of Nigeria, Governor Yahaya Bello, revealed the qualities of who would become President Muhammadu Buhari's successor.
It was reported that the governor said the All Progressives Congress (APC) would produce a president in 2023 that would unify the country.
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