Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello says his current goal is to support President Bola Tinubu’s success.
One of the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) top 2023 presidential contenders was Mr. Bello.
The governor emphasized that if Mr. Tinubu was successful, all Nigerians would also be successful.
The governor claimed that God has been gracious to him at a Saturday interactive session with journalists in Abuja.
“I thank God for my successes and achievements as governor of Kogi. I know where I met the state and am happy with where I have taken the state to.
“I believe that the APC candidate, Usman Ododo, will build on the solid foundation we have laid down for Kogi,” the governor said.
According to him, the November 11 Kogi governorship election will be a landslide victory for APC.
Reacting to a question of ensuring all members remained in the APC fold in the state, Mr Bello said APC remained solid in Kogi.
“Our unity is why APC wins in Kogi and will continue to win,” said Mr Bello. “Our party is one. You cannot satisfy everyone. However, there are internal mechanisms in the APC to resolve issues, and we always utilise that.”
In a paper titled; “Unity in a Multi–Ethnic, Multi-Religious Society, the Kogi Story”, the state’s Commissioner for Information, Kingsley Fanwo, said candidates should campaign on merit.
“Any candidate who campaigns on the basis of ethnic sentiments is incompetent,” Mr Fanwo said.
In order for the state to advance and grow, Mr. Fanwo declared that merit would continue to take precedence over ethnicity.
Additionally, Chris Isiguzo, president of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), urged journalists to practice ethical and responsible journalism in his paper on “Off Season Elections, Journalists as Responsible Watchdogs.”
According to Asiru Idris, commissioner for finance, budget, and economic planning, Mr. Bello’s administration implemented purposeful initiatives to strengthen good governance.
He said that doing so boosted responsibility and openness while lowering the state’s debt load.