Kogi: I won’t interfere in Ododo’s administration – Yahaya Bello

Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, on Friday, promised not to interfere in the administration of the state governor-elect, Usman Ododo.

“I had GYB administration and nobody dictated to me. The people were satisfied with me. This will be Ododo Ahmed Usman’s administration; whether good or bad, he will carry his own cross,” Bello told State House correspondents when Ododo and the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, presented their certificates of return to President Bola Tinubu at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.

However, he appealed to the people of the state to cooperate with the incoming government.

Ododo and Uzodimma said the presentation of certificates to Tinubu was in recognition of the leadership and guidance he has demonstrated since he emerged as the President.

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Abdullahi Ganduje, presented the governors-elect and their certificates of return to Tinubu.

Speaking on his victory for the second term in office, the Governor of Imo State, Mr Hope Uzodimma, said his success at the November 11 polls further validates the win of President Tinubu at the nation’s Presidential election and the growing popularity of the APC by Nigerians.

He stated, “You recall that in the election of November 11, our great party, APC, was growing in popularity and came out successfully in Kogi state and Imo State and you know that the leader of the party is the President and it is our tradition that after we have received our certificate of returns in off-cycle elections like that of Imo, Kogi states we should come to honour him by presenting the certificate to him in recognition of not only his leadership, the guidance he has demonstrated since he emerges as the President of the country.

“Our victory at the polls shows that Nigerians are still pleased with the APC. Nigerians voted en-mass to vote for the President and this victory validates this claim through the voters in Kogi and Imo states.

“So, we have come to honour the President and also use the opportunity to thank him for the support and advise the wisdom he imparted to us and achievements he has recorded since he became the President, which most of us leverage on to be able to convict the voters to vote for us.”

On the party’s victory in Kogi State, Governor-elect Ododo assured citizens of his readiness to serve.

“Through the campaign processes, we have met our stakeholders.

“The mandate is for the people and we are coming to serve the people. We must consult with them. We thank President Tinubu for the good he has done for the people,” said Ododo.

He added that the November 11 governorship election in Imo and Kogi states reflected the party’s growth.

Ododo stated: “The election in the two states shows that our party has moved from the old dark days to the new world order.

“Kogi state and Imo people know what is right for them and they have done what is right for them.”

(Punch)

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‘Unknown soldiers’ allegedly attack Kogi Gov, Yahaya Bello along Abuja road

The Kogi State Government on Sunday disclosed that there was an assassination attempt on the life of the governor of the state, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, a few kilometres away from Abuja, on his way to an official engagement from Lokoja.

In a statement issued on Sunday by Kingsley Femi Fanwo, Kogi State Commissioner for Information and Communications, the attack occurred at about 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The statement read as follows, “The attackers, who were dressed in military uniforms, waylaid the governor’s convoy and started shooting sporadically at his vehicle and other vehicles in the convoy. It took the swift intervention of the security personnel attached to the Governor to foil the satanic plans of the unknown soldiers.

“The attacks were at three different points, the last barricade being around Kwali Federal Capital Territory at about 4.20pm.

“The report of these strange attacks has been properly documented at security offices in the state and at the national level for prompt and thorough investigations to avert future occurrences.

We are not oblivious of the fact that certain elements are bent on painting Kogi unsafe ahead of the Governorship Poll slated for November 11, 2023. As an administration, we will spare nothing to ensure our citizens are not subjected to security threats by desperate politicians sponsoring violence and terrorism.

“We call on the citizens to remain vigilant and report suspicious movements in the domain to relevant security agencies. It is the responsibility of the government to ensure security and we want to assure you that the peace we have enjoyed as a state in the last eight years won’t be lost on the altar of violent politics.”

However, the Kogi State Police Command Public Relations Officer, SP William Ovye Aya, said the incident happened in Kwali and not Kogi State territory and so he cannot make any comment.

(Daily Post)

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Tribunal: Atiku, Obi have no ground of objection —Kogi Gov

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has told the presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, and his counterpart from the Labour Party, LP, Peter Obi, to forget the idea of appealing the judgment of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal in the Supreme Court.

Recall that the PEPT had on Wednesday in a judgment on the consolidated petitions brought against the declaration of President Bola Tinubu as the winner of the February 25 Presidential election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, dismissed the petitions by the PDP, LP and Allied Peoples Movement, APM.

Fielding questions after paying a solidarity visit to Vice President Kashim Shettima, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Governor Bello said as far as he was concerned there was no reason that Atiku and Obi should challenge the judgement. But the governor said that two of the Kogi State APC senators whose election victories were upturned by the National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal will head to the appeal court to challenge the tribunal’s verdict.

Speaking on the general feeling of the APC regarding the tribunal’s verdict, he said, “Nothing is as successful as success. We are happy; Nigerians are happy and the truth is out there. We appreciate all that happened yesterday. The truth has been exposed. Imagine the justices sitting down for almost fourteen hours to deliver those landmark judgments.”

(Vanguard)

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Tribunal declares Natasha winner of Kogi Central Election

The Kogi State Election Petition Tribunal on Wednesday nullified the victory of Sen. Abubakar Ohere as the winner of the Kogi Central Senatorial election.

The court further declared Natasha Akpoti- Uduagan as the actual winner of the February Senatorial election in Kogi Central.

The Tribunal Chairman, Justice K. A. Orjiako who read the unanimous judgment of the 3-man panel, said Ohere results were inflated in 9 polling units of Ajaokuta LGA while that of Natasha was intentional reduced in 9 of the same polling units by the INEC, as well as 3 other polling units result that was deliberately not entered for Natasha in the same LGA.

The court after making the proper correction, declared Natasha Akpoti- Uduagan (PDP) as winner of the poll having polled 54,074 against Ohere (APC) who polled 51,291.

The governor of the state, Yahaya Bello is from the district.

(Vanguard)

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Kogi gov: APC targets 99% support, victory at polls – Ganduje

The National Chairman, All Progressives Congress, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, has tasked the Kogi State electorate to give the party nothing less than 99 per cent support and victory votes in the state’s forthcoming November 11 governorship election.

Ganduje gave the charge on Saturday while addressing party members and supporters at the official inauguration of the party’s National and State Campaign Councils for the election.

The national chairman said that Kogi was a traditional APC state and so, believed that the people would come all out to cast their votes solely for APC entrenchment of good governance.

“Today we are officially inaugurating the state campaign committee that will join hands with the national campaign committee and the LGAs campaign committees to ensure victory at the polls.

“You have tested good governance from Governor Yahaya Bello’s administration and as a party, we hope to do more with our flagbearer, Alhaji Usman Ododo, once elected into office.

“Ododo is your son, whom you know very well as a very loyal and hardworking person who is ready to serve you and the state in the capacity of governor.

“We are expecting nothing less than 99 per cent victory votes from the people of Kogi in this forthcoming November 11 governorship election, ” he said.

He told the residents that President Bola Tinubu had promised to support the state in providing an enabling environment required for peaceful and credible conduct of the governorship election.

Also, the governor gave assurance that the citizens of the state were all ready to cast their votes for APC, given the choice of a credible and articulate candidate in the person of Ododo.

“Alhaji Usman Ododo, the APC governorship flagbearer, is politically well-groomed with the needed experience and competence to lead Kogi to the next level of its development.

“Here in Kogi, we are of the belief that with Ododo as my successor, he will leverage my performances to turn around the fortunes of the state to greater heights, ” he said

Bello said all that was needed was for all residents to rally around APC and Ododo on November 11 for total victory “since we don’t have any serious opposition party posing any challenge or threat to our success here in Kogi.”

Ododo, the APC flag bearer, shortly after being presented with the party’s flag with his deputy, Oyibo Salifu, thanked Tinubu, Bello and the entire party members in Kogi for their support and encouragement.

Ododo said when elected as governor, he hopes to build on the enduring legacies of Bello, especially in the areas of security, education, health and agriculture, to bring about the state’s desired growth and development.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that both the Kogi State and National Gubernatorial Campaign Councils were inaugurated by the APC national chairman.

While Dapo Abiodun, Governor of Ogun State, heads the national campaign Council,  Yahaya Bello will head the state campaign council.

In his acceptance speech, Abiodu pledged his council’s commitment and resilience to work with the governor’s-led state campaign council to conduct a vigorous and peaceful campaign that would attract opposition into supporting APC and its flag bearer for outright victory.

(NAN)

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