Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello, has responded to a letter forwarded to President Muhammadu Buhari and the party’s leadership, by an All Progressives Congress Stakeholders’ Forum in his state, questioning his credibility going into the November 2, 2019 governorship election.
Backstory: Signed by Senator Alex Kadiri, the forum had written a letter to the party’s leadership and Pres. Muhammadu Buhari, stating that the party would lose the governorship seat in Kogi state, if the ticket was handed over to Bello. The group argued that the governor is an unpopular choice based on his poor performance so far.
Bello Shuts Down the Allegation: Reacting to the content of the letter, Bello through his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Muhammed, referred to the forum as a group of outsiders who were desperate for attention and some political relevance, since they had been cast out into “political wilderness”.
“For a start, let it be categorically made clear that the leader of the APC in Kogi State is his Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, and any emergent group is nothing but a criminal assemblage out to hoodwink the good public. Sen. Alex Kadiri can, therefore, seek genuine forum by aligning himself with the purposeful direction of his Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello – the only and recognized leader of the APC in Kogi State,” the statement read.
Calling their actions a clog in the wheel of progress in the state, Muhammed also described them as “seasonal lizards that come out only when it rains. Always coming during election circle, forgetting that party politics is not about feasting, but building formidable structures – a feat his excellency has consumed himself in for the past three years.”
Bottom Line: Expect more of the same as the countdown to the Kogi polls begins. While Gov. Bello has received serious criticism from the media over his performance in office like the over one year ghost workers’ hunt which resulted in lack of salaries, to his recent rift with the state’s judiciary, the APC performed very well in the state assembly and presidential elections held earlier this year.