- Many Nigerians on social media have told Governor Yahaya Bello in clear terms that he is not fit to be president
- A poll conducted on Twitter showed the Kogi state chief executive scored a woeful 6 percent
- The poll was conducted by a popular Television station, Channels after the governor said he is being pressured to run for president
Kogi state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello polled only six percent of the votes in a presidential poll conducted on Twitter by Channels Television.
The poll was carried out by the TV station after Governor Bello told popular Channels anchor, Seun Okinbaloye, that he is considering running for president in 2023 as a result of calls from Nigerians.
Bello said on Friday, May 14:
“Nigerians, the youth and women, and all Nigerians, including very objective elites are asking me to run for president in 2023.”
Barely twenty-nine (29) minutes into the poll, the Kogi state chief executive had lost by 91 percent.
The poll, which has now been deleted by the TV station, had 6,796 participants but only six percent voted in favour of the Kogi governor while the remaining three percent were undecided.
It remains unclear why the TV station deleted the tweet.
Political experts say Bello is massively unpopular in virtually all parts of the country.
The governor whose emergence as the Kogi chief executive stirred hope in young politicians is said to have woefully failed as governor of the north-central state.
On social media, Bello is derided and mocked by many for his reported failed performance as governor.
Rotimi William Ogunleye wrote on Twitter:
“Yahaya Bello can't win the presidential election in his local government. This poll shows his unacceptability.”
Uko Edet wrote:
“My name is Uko Edet and I disclaim that I am not among the Nigerians or the few elites that asked Yahaya Bello to run for president. In my take, he should run from the president.”
Olayemi Adisa wrote:
“That 6% self is too high, I am sure he can't get up to 6% if he eventually contests in 2023.”
Abdulhameed Abduladan wrote:
“We need to find those that even gave him the 6% and arrest them.”
Meanwhile, Senator Dino Melaye has mocked Governor Bello for saying he wants to contest for the presidency in 2023.
Senator Melaye tweeted:
“Ignorance is free and only compound fools pay for it. Eyah Kogi state. SDM”
Recall that Governor Bello had earlier berated the Southern Governors Forum for blaming President Muhammadu Buhari for the problems of the country.
Bello warned his southern colleagues to be careful of their utterances so as not to heat up the polity.