Kogi governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, says he has crated a thriving political environment in the state chapter of the APC – The governor said this was evident in the huge number of gubernatorial aspirants in the party – He, however, expressed optimism that he would be victorious at the primaries and the November election Kogi state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has said the huge number of gubernatorial aspirants under the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, is a result of his hard-work and creating an enabling environment for politics without bitterness to thrive.
Governor Bello made the comment on Thursday, August 22 during an interview with journalists, shortly after he appeared before the screening committee of the party ahead of next week’s primaries. The governor is being challenged by over a dozen contenders who are angling to clinch the party’s ticket ahead of the November 16 governorship election in the state.
He, however, expressed optimism that he would be victorious at the primaries and the November election. He also welcomed the deluge of aspirants in the party for the election, expressing satisfaction with the process, adding that it was peaceful and devoid of rancour. He called on party supporters to remain steadfast and law-abiding at all times and allow the committee to do its job. Th governor also called on all the aspirants to eschew all forms of bitterness stressed the need for them to work together with whoever emerges victorious in the August 29th party primary.
The APC is a home and the home is very conducive and that is why everyone is jostling to belong here. I call on all the aspirants to support me in my effort to turn around the fortunes of the state,” he concluded. Meanwhile, state-based Civil Society Organizations in Kogi state have called for early commencement of voter education activities in the state to checkmate a possible low voter turnout ahead of the November 16 governorship election.
The state CSOs made the call in Lokoja during an assessment exercise organized by YIAGA AFRICA to analyze the political and security situation in the state. While registering their fears of possible low voter turnout for the governorship elections in the state, the CSOs urged INEC to reach out to citizens at various communities with voter education messages ahead of time.