2023:Yahaya Bello of Kogi State unveils controversial presidential ambition

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Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State at the weekend said he has what it takes to supply purposeful leadership and good governance for Nigeria if elected as president in the 2023 general elec­tions.

Speaking exclusively with Daily Independent, the governor, who is currently in his second term, ap­pealed to Nigerians to hitch hands with him within the struggle to liberate the country from many of the chal­lenges confronting her.

While praising President Mu­hammadu Buhari for his efforts thus far since assumption of office in May 2015, the governor, who said he wants to consolidate on the achievements of President Buhari, said the pres­ident may be a kind-hearted leader who means well for the country and has genuine interests of Nigeri­ans altogether his dealings.

According to him, aside President Buhari and few Ni­gerian leaders, majority of this crop of leaders today don’t have the interest of the country at heart.

He further urged Nigeri­ans to stay faith with the All Progressives Congress (APC) and ignore the antics of the opposition Peoples Demo­cratic Party (PDP), saying it’s the sole party which will take Nigeria to the Promised Land.

He said, “I want everyone to hitch me within the struggle to liberate this country. We must seize this golden opportunity to save lots of our nation.

“By the grace of God, I’m able to lead and that i will pro­vide all the standard leadership that’s required within the country.

“Let us do our bit to sup­port the present administra­tion and join hands with Pres­ident Muhammadu Buhari to save lots of this country. people who are leading today, I can assure you that aside from Mr. Presi­dent and really few ones, others don’t have the interest of the country deep down. They don’t care about us which is the truth”.

Last week, Arewa Youth Trust Foundation (AYTF), a Zaria-based group with roots across the six geo-political zones of the country, urged Governor Bello to declare his interest within the presidential race.

The group’s leader, Dr. Fa­had Chikaji Ahmed, said the youthful governor has the power to require the country to a better pedestal in its quest to achieve the simplest in terms of growth and development.

Ahmed described Bello as a politician and an ad­ministrator who is imbued with a real passion to facilitate and promote the socio-economic and infra­structural development of the country.

“Many Nigerians are proud to endorse his candida­ture for the presidential seat, not only within the near future, but also within the 2023 elections because he would be a can­didate who has the potential to revive peace to Nigeria and also effectively carry the youths along.

Nigerians deserve better and need to demand better. Governor Bello, as the pres­ident, will provide an oppor­tunity for Nigerians to regain their long-established appe­tite for compromise to tackle the country’s most pressing challenges reception and for a world common cause to safeguard the gains of internal democracy and prosperity.”

The South-East Coordi­nator of the group, Mike Festus, said: “He is a man of religion and unquantifiable love for others. He took seriously, too, the Quranic Hadith that those that are given great abilities must use those abilities for others.”

It would be recalled that in December 2019, Kogi House of Assembly passed a resolution during which it asked Yahaya Bel­lo to run as either president or vice-president in 2023.

In a motion sponsored by Hassan Abdullahi, the Major­ity Leader of the House, Bello has performed well since he assumed office in 2016 and has initiated sound economic pol­icies and programmes.

The right honourable speaker and honourable members of the Kogi State House of Assembly upon due deliberation of proper motion therefore, do hereby unanimously make and pass a vote of confidence on His Excellency, Governor Yaha­ya Bello of Kogi State,” the lawmaker said.

“That this Kogi State House of Assembly further makes a call to national ser­vice to His Excellency, Gov­ernor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State and that we hereby impress it upon him to run the office of the president or vice-president of Nigeria in 2023 – after his current assign­ment in Kogi State.

“That this solemn call is first and foremost premised upon and borne out of our belief that the subject, Yaha­ya Bello, may be a fit and proper person, with the proper mixture of youth, experience and diary to answer – same firm­ly and decisively in 2023 and beyond.”

It will be recalled that Basic Education Staff Association of Nigeria (BASAN) in 2019 issued a communique over the refusal of the state government to fully implement the N18,000 minimum wage to teachers in the basic education sector. he communique urged the government to put a stop to the payment of 35 to 50 per cent salary to its members, insisting that they deserved full payment of salary like other workers in the state.

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