- Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello, has been called upon by many supporters and loyalists to contest the 2023 presidential race
- The latest call is from the APC national youths who have expressed confidence in Bello
- The youths lauded the leadership style of the governor which embodies inclusiveness, bridge-building among others
Youths under the umbrella of the All Progressives Congress National Youths Leadership have maintained that their call for Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state to run for the presidency in 2023 was non-negotiable.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Thursday, January 14, the APC youths lauded the leadership style of the governor which encompasses all-inclusiveness, bridge-building, and fostering of national unity.
The leaders of the youth group made this known during a courtesy call to congratulate Bello on his recent appointment as chairman, APC Mobilisation and Sensitisation Committee for the party’s registration and revalidation exercise on Thursday.
Abduljalal Ali Maitanakali, speaking on behalf of the group, described the governor as a core party man whose commitment has ensured the many successes the ruling APC has recorded so far.
The group insisted that Bello as an ardent follower of President Muhammadu Buhari since 1999 is well qualified to succeed the Nigerian leader come 2023.
Part of the statement read:
"The governor has demonstrated huge capacity in all ramifications that every well meaning person in this country is proud of, noting further that the governor was a "wonderful bridge builder who knows how to close the gap between the young and old."
“It is mandatory for the governor to run for presidency as there is presently a generational deficit in the country and no one has demonstrated such capacity of uniting the country as Yahaya Bello."
Appeal Court rejects request to sack Bello
This development is coming as Governor Bello secured a great victory in a suit challenging his emergence as the candidate of the APC in the 2015 governorship election held in the state.
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Thursday, January 14, dismissed the appeal filed by Michael Elokun and two others seeking Bello's sack.
In a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Steven Adah, the court held that the nomination of candidates is the duty of political parties and not that of members of any constituency.
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