- Yahaya Bello of Kogi has paid for his presidential expression of interest and nomination forms to contest the 2023 presidential election
- This was made known by the director, media and publicity, Yahaya Bello Presidential Campaign Organisation, Yemi Kolapo, in Abuja
- Thousands of Nigerians from all walks of life had witnessed the official declaration of Bello to vie for the 2023 presidency
Abuja - Ahead of the All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries, Kogi state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has paid N100 million for the party's forms to contest the 2023 presidential election.
Yemi Kolapo, the director, media and publicity, Yahaya Bello Presidential Campaign Organisation, revealed this in a statement in Abuja, Daily Trust reported.
According to Kolapo, Bello paid for the forms on Tuesday morning, April 26, making him the first to officially seal his aspiration for the office of the president in 2023.
In another report by Nigerian Tribune, the presidential aspirant will on Wednesday, April 27, pick his expression of interest and nomination forms.
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Kolapo went on to note that with the payment for the forms, Bello’s supporters should rest assured of the governor's name on the ballot paper in 2023.
In the last few months, there have been persistent calls by different youth, women, and professional groups across Nigeria for the Kogi state governor to contest for Nigeria's highest office.
2023: Yahaya Bello declares for presidency, says Nigeria deserves better
Recall that Bello declared his intention to contest the 2023 presidency under the platform of the ruling APC.
Bello made the declaration in Bauchi on Thursday, January 20, while addressing APC legislators as well as women groups from the northeast region during a political meeting held in the state.
The Kogi governor who addressed the meeting virtually said:
“I am offering myself to aspire for the 2023 presidency under our party, APC because the country deserved better and purposeful leadership from the youth."
2023: MKO Abiola's daughter becomes DG Bello's campaign council
In a related development, Governor Bello appointed the daughter of MKO Abiola, Hafsat Abiola-Costello, as the director-general of his campaign organisation.
In her address on Saturday, April 2, at Eagle Square, Abuja, Abiola-Costello said her appointment as Governor Bello's campaign DG is a historic achievement for Nigerian women in politics as she is the first female in the country to head a presidential campaign.
According to her, henceforth women will not be cooks and singers during presidential rallies.