AHEAD of the November 2019 governorship election in Kogi state, governor Yahaya Bello on Friday, boasted that nobody would dislodge in the election. He said, he will pick the All Progressives Congress, APC ticket for the election and will be elected for another four years. Gov Yahaya Bello Governor Bello made the boast while fielding questions from State House correspondents after meeting behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential villa, Abuja.
The Kogi State Governor who said that nobody can stop him from picking the party’s ticket and winning his election for another four years, said that there was no way a tenant (the opposition) would dislodge the tenant (APC).
Asked to react to the alleged moves by the APC to deny him the party’s ticket and his desperate efforts to retain his ticket and return as the next Governor of Kogi state, he said it was not possible for him not to complete another four years in office. According to him, “I am the Governor today and Insha Allah, l will return back as the Governor for another four years, after the November 16 election. “As for the ticket, the analogy is that the tenant cannot send the landlord out of his house. So, APC in Kogi state was rebuilt by me, after the good job done by our late leader, His Excellency, Prince Abubakar Audu.
“After his demise, l came, rebuilt it from the scratch to what it is today. That is evident in the last outing of the party where we had 25/25, in the State House of Assembly. We also won 7 out of the 9 contested positions in the House of Representatives and two out of the three Senators representing Kogi state in the Senate. “So, anybody that is making such noise does not disturb me, because, in the market place, noise is allowed. You know, in Kogi politics is the loudest, so people must make noise and you can’t stop that.
“But surely, l am very good with my party from the local government to the national level. They know that l am the leader of the party in my state. I have built it and it is very strong. “Anytime, any day, we will win elections in landslide. That l am going to win in the primaries is given by the grace of God, by which ever means, direct or indirect.” He also said that the concentration was not to win but to thrash whichever party that would be contesting against the ruling party. He said,” In the November governorship election, we are not just talking of wining, we are looking at the margins.
The margin is going to be such that whoever comes far second, will be discouraged to go to court.” Commenting on the significance of declaration of June 12 as Nigeria’s Democracy Day, Governor Bello thanked President Buhari for recognizing the acclaimed winner of June 12, 1993 election, Chief Moshood Abiola. He said,” We can’t thank Mr President well enough for that wonderful master stroke of recognizing an icon, a human being that is synonymous with democracy, the late Chief MKO Abiola.
“I think something would have been wrong if he had not done this. For effectively doing it well, we can’t thank him enough. It is so significant for us and the future generation to know that this man paid the supreme price for the democracy we are enjoying today. “We continue to pray for him to do more for the country. He has blaze the trail It’s significance for politics and politicians “In politics, we have to be real we are in this politics to serve. Chief MKO Abiola was out to serve us. He was denied. President Muhammadu Buhari is serving us and he has also recognized the man who paid the supreme sacrifice and what this means is that we must remain real and have the interest of the masses at heart and serve them to the best of our ability.”
Also commenting on the expectations of Nigerians on election of the leadership of the National Assembly which was won by the ruling APC,he said that there would be smooth administration. He said,” You are going to see government at ease in the next level. Programs, projects and every policies of government, you are going to see them implemented with ease unlike what we saw in the eight National Assembly. ” You can see now that the atmosphere is very calm and everybody is happy.
It shows that APC got it right this time around. So, kudos to Mr. President, leadership of our great party and leadership of the National Assembly and all the members of the National Assembly.”