Politics

2023: Kogi lawmakers endorse Yahaya Bello for the presidency

The All Progressives Congress has named the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello as chairman of its Ondo State Governorship Primary Election Committee.

Less than one year into his constitutional four-year second tenure mandate as Governor of Kogi State, members of the Kogi State House of Assembly have called on Yahaya Bello to seek a higher office. The 25-member house made the unanimous call at plenary on Wednesday, 2 December, in Lokoja.

Bello had on Tuesday presented a budget proposal of N130.5bn for 2021 to the lawmakers. The document was expected to gain attention of the lawmakers when they reconvened Wednesday. They however chose to delve into the uncertain waters of 2023 Presidential politics, asking the governor to throw his hat into the ring.

The House in its plenary described Bello as fit for the office in view of his outstanding performances as Governor and in view of the fact that the North Central Zone has also not had the opportunity to be President. They therefore urged him to seek a higher Office in 2023.

The House in a unanimous motion further urged that the office of the nation’s Presidency or Vice be zoned to the North Central Zone of Nigeria.

In a motion moved by the Majority Leader, Hon. Abdullahi Bello, and supported by all members, the house said the North Central Zone has not had a shot at the Presidency and described Gov. Bello as a right peg in a right hole to lead the nation.

The News recalls that the lawmakers are less than two years into their four-year mandate. Bello was elected for a second term in a controversial Governorship poll on Nov. 16th, 2019. He took his second oat of office on January 27th.

In the last three months or so there have been tremendous agitations over a shrouded presidential ambition. In fact some months after his second inauguration his posters for the 2023 presidential election appeared in Lokoja. Although it was debunked, the State has not known any dull moment since then.

Incumbent President Muhammodu Buhari is running a second and final term.

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