Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State assured on Friday that the upcoming governorship election scheduled for November 11 in the state would be the most peaceful ever witnessed. Addressing attendees at the 3rd Governor Yahaya Bello (GYB) Seminar for Nigeria’s Political and Crime Correspondents/Editors in Abuja, the governor also assured that the election would be conducted with fairness and transparency.
Regarding the allegations and counter-allegations concerning the destruction of campaign offices in the state, Governor Bello emphasized that the APC candidate, Alhaji Usman Ododo, enjoys immense popularity and trust among the people of Kogi. He stated that Ododo, as the most favoured candidate, had no intention of engaging in any actions that could disrupt the integrity of the polls.
Bello highlighted that Ododo’s emergence as the APC candidate was solely based on merit and not on any familial connection. He made it clear that there was no blood relationship between him and Alhaji Usman Ododo, the APC governorship candidate in the state. Bello asserted that Ododo had earned his candidacy through a transparent and equitable APC primary.
While acknowledging that he and Ododo share the same place of origin, the governor stressed that their relationship was not one of blood ties. He commended Ododo’s qualities, describing him as a compassionate, hardworking, and competent individual whose attributes were evident during the primaries.
Governor Bello underscored his administration’s commitment to breaking away from the ethnic sentiments that had hindered progress in Kogi for nearly two decades. He explained that his government had shifted the focus from ethnicity to competence, appointing and collaborating with capable individuals from diverse backgrounds, regardless of their senatorial zones.
The Kogi Commissioner for Information, Mr. Kingsley Fanwo, echoed the governor’s sentiments, emphasizing that the state prioritizes security and peace above all else. He assured that the election would not lead to any bloodshed, as maintaining peace remained a top priority for Kogi State.
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