Yahaya Bello Meets Buhari Hours To APC National Convention

 

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, on Tuesday met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The meeting is coming a few hours before the commencement of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Convention.

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Although the details of the meeting are still sketchy as of the time of filing this report, it may not be unconnected with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to pick its presidential candidate.

Bello is one of the presidential aspirants contesting in Tuesday’s APC primary election. He has vowed not to withdraw from the race despite the demand of governors from the north for the southern region to produce Nigeria’s next President.

A photo combination of President Muhammadu Buhari and Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.

 

The 19 northern governors have told President Buhari to support their idea of a southern presidential candidate for the ruling party in the interest of the unity of the country.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, Bello said he was at the Villa to brief the President on the true state of things and clear a misconception regarding his decision to disassociate himself from the resolution to cede power to the south by 13 Northern APC Governors.

He said any attempt by the APC leadership to exclude him from participating in the presidential primary is a recipe for crisis in the party.

The presidential aspirant who continued to oppose the subject of zoning noted that the northern governors ganged up against him because of their vested interests.

He maintained that the APC can only win in 2023 if they play by the rules which according to him is upholding fairness, Justice and equity.

Details shortly…

We Need A Sincere, Patriotic Nigerian To Fix This Nation – Yahaya Bello

 

Governor Yahaya Bello says Nigeria needs a credible and patriotic leader to fix the myriads of challenges besetting the nation.

Briefing the media after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, Governor Bello said the position of president should not be determined by zoning but by sincerity and competence.

The Kogi governor was of the opinion that the security challenges the country faces at the moment are mostly politically engineered.

According to him, fairness, justice, and equity will play a great role in restoring lasting peace in Nigeria.

Bello who said he may contest the 2023 presidential election because Nigerians have been calling him to serve, argued that competence should be the requirement for electing the next president and not his ethnicity or religion.

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A file photo of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

“For once let’s get Nigeria fixed. We have practiced a seeming rotational presidency since 1999 to date, let us evaluate our successes or achievements from this seeming rotational presidency between then, and now.

“Why don’t we simply go for the best, after all, we copy this democracy from America and some of the developed world, how many of these countries are practicing rotational presidency? You see, we are where we are today not because we are practicing rotational presidency. If you want to go by that rotational presidency, then do perfect zoning. Go by perfect rotation. And if you go by rotation and whichever way you come from, I don’t think you should exclude where I come from. That’s number one.

“Number two, let us get a credible, sincere, patriotic Nigerian to fix it,” the governor told newsmen.

Bello said when eventually he will answer the call of Nigerians to serve the nation, his first strategy will be to be fair, just, and equitable. He added that he will ensure that all persons are included regardless of tribe and religion.

He was of the opinion that once there is a sense of justice, fairness, and equity in the land, insecurity will automatically drop to the barest minimum.

‘All Nigerians’ Are Asking Me To Run For President, I Will Not Disappoint – Yahaya Bello

Kogi Governor Yahaya Bello addressed the press on November 17, 2020.
Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello addressed the press on November 17, 2020.

 

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, on Friday said he is considering running for President in 2023.

He made the comment while speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

“Nigerians, the youth and women, and all Nigerians, including very objective elites are asking me to run for President in 2023,” he said.

“And I believe it is high time that we look into capacity, who can do the job, who is going to unify this country. And I think they are seeing something in me that they are asking me to come and unite and fix this country.

 

“My answer will be in the affirmative in a few time from now.

“I want to urge each and every one of us that are urging me to come to be patient. It’s a work in progress. And by the grace of God, I am not going to disappoint you when the time comes for me to give a response to that.”

Defending Buhari

Governor Bello, a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress,  spent the bulk of his more than 20-minute interview defending President Muhammadu Buhari’s record, especially on restructuring and insecurity.

He said calls for restructuring Nigeria should not be made in ways that appears to antagonise the President who he said was already reshaping the country through Executive Orders granting autonomy to the judiciary and local governments.

“We got where we are today as a result of maladministration of successive administrations, not just President Muhammadu Buhari,” Governor Bello said.

“I continue to say that he has done greatly. Do we need to do more? Are there other areas to improve upon? Yes, there are several, but it is not a one-man job. It is our collective responsibility.”

Ban on Open Grazing

The Governor said while he does not criticise the decision of 17 southern Governors to ban the open grazing of cattle on Tuesday, there is a need to find solutions that accommodate others.

“I have not banned open grazing in Kogi State because there is no provision for ranching yet,” Governor Bello said.

“Should I send the millions of Fulani that are living their normal lives, that have been living with us peacefully over the years? Should I send them away? Rather, let me devise a way of integrating them by ensuring that the conflict between farmers and herders does not exist.”

He claimed that farmer-herder crisis has been solved in Kogi State “with the cooperation of my traditional rulers, the youths, farmers and even the Fulanis themselves.

“We know that the land is not enough but we can accommodate each other within the limit of what we have. We can’t just send them out.”

2023: Kogi State Lawmakers Endorse Yahaya Bello For Presidency

Kogi Governor Yahaya Bello addressed the press on November 17, 2020.
File photo of Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello

 

The Kogi State House of Assembly has asked Governor Yahaya Bello to contest for the position of the President of Nigeria in the 2023 presidential election.

The House in its plenary session on Wednesday said their decision for the endorsement was borne out of the outstanding performances of the Governor in the state.

The Majority Leader, Abdullahi Bello while moving the motion said Governor Bello has transformed the state and rid the state of kidnapping and armed robbery.

“Yahaya Bello by his creative governance style has somehow engineered a reversal of several negative national development indicators in Kogi State. Examples abound everywhere.

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“Under his watch, Kogi State has been transformed from the kidnap capital of Nigeria outside the embattled north-east, into a polity where the abduction of humans for ransom, along with other violent crimes like armed robbery have become mere opportunistic aberrations.

“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 lawmakers added that, “this solemn call is first and foremost premised upon and borne of our belief that the subject, Yahaya Bello, is a fit and proper person, with the right mix of youth, experience, and track record to answer – same firmly and decisively in 2023 and beyond.”

The lawmakers also said the North Central Zone has not had a shot at the Presidency and Governor Bello is the right peg to lead the nation.

‘This Is Heart-Wrenching,’ Kogi Commissioner Weeps As He Inspects Damaged, Vandalised Medical Equipment

Kogi State Commissioner for Health, Saka Audu.

 

Kogi State Commissioner for Health, Saka Audu was moved to tears on Wednesday as he inspected the vandalised Kogi State Medical Store complex located in Lokoja, the state capital.

Audu, while addressing journalists in an emotion-laden voice said equipment worth billions of naira were destroyed by the vandals.

According to him, the Kogi State Health sector has lost its medical equipment which includes Magnetic Resonance Imaging Machines (MRI), Computer Tomography Machines, Digital Mammography, Digital Radiography, Test Kits, Drugs, Pharmaceuticals Consumables, Refrigerators for vaccines, Solar Power unit, laboratory equipment, among others.

“We lost the entire contents of Kogi State medical store.

“Equipment worth billions of naira were stolen. Those that couldn’t be stolen, like the walk-in refrigerator for immunisation, where our vaccines are stored, components of our MRI and CT scan were vandalised beyond repair. Others were moved from the store and broke into pieces in nearby bushes.

“It is indeed a very unfortunate development that the state will find it difficult to recover from as we don’t have the capacity to provide what have carted away or vandalised in a short time,” Audu said.

The Commissioner said the state government is currently quantifying the extent of the damage and would eventually make public the list of the stolen items and their cost implications.

The vandalised Kogi State Central medical store complex was built under the essential drugs programme of the state Governor Yahaya Bello.

Drugs and hospital equipment are kept in the store before distributing across the 21 Local Government Areas of the state.

Obaseki Exit Painful But APC Will Survive – Yahaya Bello

A file photo of Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello.

 

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello on Monday described the exit of the Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki from the All Progressives Congress (APC) as painful but maintained the party will outlive its present internal crisis and expand its coast in upcoming elections across the country.

Governor Bello was speaking to State House correspondents after a delegation of North-Central Governors paid a visit to the new Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari.

He noted that the APC, despite the exit, is poised to win the Edo state Governorship elections in September.

“APC is going to win Edo State,” he said. “But unfortunately, I really feel the leaving of my colleague, His Excellency Governor Godwin Obaseki in whatever circumstance to another political party, is painful anyway, but as a political party, we are going to take Edo back.”

The Kogi state Governor, who has been appointed to head a committee to look into security in the North-Central said he is liaising with all security agencies to keep the region safe.

COVID-19: Governor Yahaya Bello Shuts Borders, Schools, Issues Guidelines For Residents

A file photo of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

 

Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello has ordered the closure of both land and waterways in the state and issued guidelines to residents to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

The governor gave this order in a statement signed on Wednesday by the
Commissioner for Information and Communication, Kingsley Fanwo. He also instructed both public and private schools are to remain closed for now.

“All entry points into Kogi State (land and waterways) are now closed. Entry and transit by any vehicle are subject to a successful health check of all passengers.

“To prevent avoidable delays, which may extend to preventive quarantining, persons with any disease condition which mimics CORVID-19 symptoms, including elevated temperatures, should have a medical report from a reputable hospital/medical practitioner explaining their condition before venturing through the state.

“Directive shutting all educational institutions in the state, both public and private, from Monday, March 23, 2020 remains in effect until further notice,” the statement read in part.

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The state governor also directed civil servants to on grade level 1-13 to remain at home and work from home.

This is except those on specified essential services – medical personnel, revenue officers and law enforcement officers.

Bello in the statement also ordered that all social, cultural and religious activities in the state are suspended and essential activities must not have a crowd beyond five persons.

“Tricycle (keke) operators may carry only one (1) passenger at a time and must provide hand sanitizers for use by their passengers. Relevant officials are empowered to stop and enforce compliance. Defaulters will be arrested.

“Regular 4-wheeled taxis may carry only three (3) passengers at a time (1 in front and 2 behind) and must provide hand sanitizers for use by their passengers. Relevant officials are empowered to stop and enforce compliance. Defaulters will be arrested.

“Buses may carry only two (2) passengers per row of seats, subject to a maximum of 10 passengers per trip for any type of bus. Relevant officials are empowered to stop and enforce compliance. Defaulters will be arrested,” the statement added.

The governor also noted that all public gatherings should not exceed five persons at a time and all transport companies and unions must keep a travel manifest for inbound and outbound passengers,

He warned that breach of these guidelines, unjustified inflation of prices of any essential commodity and the making or spreading of fake news or hate speech during this period of trial will be regarded as sabotage and punished accordingly.

My ‘Impeachment’ As Kogi Deputy Governor Is Unconstitutional, Says Achuba

 

The impeached deputy governor of Kogi State, Elder Simon Achuba has described his purported impeachment by the State House of Assembly as unconstitutional.

Elder Achuba also described the impeachment as an illegality that will not stand the test of time.

The embattled former deputy governor disclosed this in a press conference shortly after moving out of the official residence of the deputy governor in Lokoja the state capital.

He said swearing in anyone else will amount to continuation of illegality being perpetrated by Governor Yahaya Bello.

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According to mr Achuba he described his ordeal as the height of the disobedience of the rule of law which should be the major driver in a democracy.

He further disclosed tto pressmen that even as a sitting deputy governor he was treated like a common criminal, held under house arrest, his house disconnected from the public power source.

He described the treatment given to him as completely illegal and inhumane, adding that the situation in Kogi is a shame and an insult to the state, and nation in general.

While insisting that he remains the Kogi State deputy governor, he described the sitting by the State Assembly that impeached him as Kangaroo, saying their process goes contrary to section 181 of the 1999 constitution.

Yahaya Bello Declares Intention For Second Term

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello

 

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has declared his intention to run for the second term in office.

Bello declared his intention while speaking with journalist shortly after inaugurating Assembly service commission.

According to him his declaration his coming up after sorting the blessings of God.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it will win the November 2019 governorship election in Kogi state and salvage the state by enthroning a people-oriented government.

This is just as the leadership of the party assured that the Presidential mandate, which Nigerians freely gave to Atiku Abubakar on February 23, will be retrieved at the tribunal.

The position of the party came at the end of a crucial meeting of Kogi PDP critical stakeholders at the Party’s National Secretariat, in Abuja on Wednesday, where the leaders resolved to forego all personal ambitions and work together for the interest of the party and the Kogi people ahead of the election.

Speaking at the opening of the meeting, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan said that PDP’s winning streaks in the just concluded governorship elections in Bauchi, Imo, Rivers, Adamawa, Bauchi, Osun among other states will be reenacted in the forthcoming Kogi governorship election.

Ologbondiyan said the party has the support of the people of Kogi state, who are now looking up to it to rescue the state from the misrule of the All Progressives Congress (APC) under Governor Yahaya Bello, adding that the PDP cannot afford to fail them.

“As we all know, our people have gone through pains, pangs, acute poverty, hunger, dehumanization, brutalization, job losses, untimely deaths, suicide and all sorts of anguish as a result of the misrule of the incumbent APC government.

“The people of Kogi state are therefore looking up to the PDP for rescue and we cannot afford to fail them. We must therefore not allow anything to demoralize us as the winning streaks, which our party displayed in Imo, Adamawa, Bauchi, Osun among others, will be repeated in Kogi state by the grace of Almighty God.

“In this race, we must also bear in mind that we have the support of the people. Kogi state has always been home to the PDP notwithstanding the temporary setback of the APC. We must, therefore, prepare ourselves, stand with the people and salvage our dear state from the pangs of misrule. Our people yearn to move forward and we must give them that leverage which they earnestly seek”, he said.

Ologbondiyan reiterated the already expressed commitment of the NWC to ensure free, fair, transparent, rancor-free and credible processes for all activities toward the governorship election so as to throw up a candidate that is collectively acceptable to the people of Kogi State.

“Our great party will not engage in any form of imposition but as usual will strictly adhere to demands and fulfillment of our internal democracy processes”, he stated.

Stakeholders at the meeting included former Kogi governors, Capt. Idris Wada, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris, former deputy governor, Arc. Yomi Awoniyi, Senator Tunde Ogbeha, Chief Patrick Adagba, federal legislators from Kogi state, state PDP Chairman, Engr. Uhotu as well as other critical stakeholders drawn from all the local government areas of the state.

Kogi Govt. Urges Residents To Take Child Vaccination Seriously

child-vaccThe Commissioner for Health in Kogi state, Dr. Saka Audu, has asked the rural community dwellers to shun all social norms that could discourage vaccination of children in the state.

He stated this during the official flag off of the National Immunization Plus Days

(NIPDs), in Lokoja, the state capital.

The commissioner noted that the vaccines were meant to prevent child killer diseases and cause no harm to the child.

The event which took place at the Government House premises, was attended by women and their children from the 21 Local Government Areas of the state.

Dr. Saka in his address, pointed out that NIPDs was set aside in the country to immunize children between the ages of one and five years old, with oral polio vaccine, along side other vaccines in accordance with the national schedule.

He therefore implored the administrators from the 21 LGAs in the state to make available adequate funds and other required logistics to the programme and ensure that the target groups were immunized.

He stressed that Kogi state has been polio free since 2009 and it was indeed a thing of joy for him that they were getting it right.

Furthermore, he noted that Nigeria was at the verge of being certified polio free by the W.H.O.

“I encourage you all to keep up the good work until we achieve total eradication of wild polio virus in Kogi state in particular and Nigeria in general.

“The health policies in this administration’s new direction blueprint, will bring great relief to all the people of Kogi, when it is finally operational,” he stated.

In his speech, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Health Matters, Dr. Ahmed Attah, commended the governor for graciously approving the release of counterparts fund for all health programmes in the state.

He noted that poliomyelitis was a deadly childhood disease that could cause disability by crippling the affected children and even killing them in some cases.

“One of the ways to deal squarely with the disease is the National Immunization Plus Days that has been scheduled from March 25 to 28, 2017 and every household in the state would be covered.

“Children would be immunized against childhood preventable diseases such as polio, diphtheria, pertussis, pneumonia, whooping cough, hepatitis b, measles and yellow fever according to the national schedule”, he noted.

Representative of the World Health Organisation (W.H.O), Kennedy Adejoh, in his keynote address said Nigeria was clarified as an endemic country.

Mr. Adejoh, therefore, reaffirmed the commitment of the W.H.O including the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to eradicate polio in Kogi state and in Nigeria in general.

On the other hand, representative of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Mr James Folayan, hailed Governor Bello for his efforts and commitment to the progress of the programme.

“Everything has been put in place and the stage is set for full implementation.

“I urge the state and all the Local Government Areas to continue the support with proper monitoring,” he stated.

Sultan Tasks State Governors To Prioritise Youth Empowerment

 Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'ad Abubakar, Youth, KogiThe Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has tasked the Nigerian state governors to give priority to job creation and youth empowerment.

The Sultan, who is the President of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, proposed that the recommendation would end the menace of restiveness and violent crime bedeviling Nigeria.

He noted that if youths were fully engaged in meaningful ventures, they would not avail themselves as tools for perpetrating violence and other heinous crimes in the society.

The monarch made the recommendation in Lokoja during the inauguration of the Kogi State Revenue House which was built by the Governor Yahaya Bello led administration.

He commended Governor Bello for striving hard in bringing development to the people in the face of the economic recession and dwindling resources.

The Sultan urged the people of Kogi State to support the governor in the development of the state.

“Today we’ve gathered to (witness) this very important occasion after praying at the mosque this afternoon.

“We are here to commission the building which of course, you all know the importance of money.

“Nothing works without money; money is needed in everything to achieve a goal.

“We are therefore grateful to God for us to be part of history to commission this project,” he said.

Lack Of Vision

In his address, the Executive Chairman of the revenue board, Mr Yakubu Oseni, said that what existed as a revenue house before the building was erected was nothing to write home about.

“In retrospect, we may recall that at his inauguration ceremony, his excellency (Governor Bello) declared unreservedly that he will take this state to an enviable height.

“True to this declaration, we have gathered here to witness the commissioning of the revenue house.

“There is no better way to walk the walk than for us to witness the commissioning of this revenue house today.

“Your royal majesties, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, let me emphasise for better understanding that what existed as revenue house before we came on board left a lot to be desired, it was in a state of comatose.

“This was largely due to lack of vision and mission, accountability, transparency and sound leadership,” he said.

The event was witnessed by top government functionaries, royal fathers, religious leaders and indigenes from the 21 local government areas of the state among others.

The ceremony also marked the first year of Governor Bello’s administration as the fourth Executive Governor of Kogi State.

Over 4,000 Persons Enlist In N-Power Programme In Kogi State

N-power, Job PortalThe Federal Government’s N-Power Social Investment Programme has been launched in Kogi State, targeting about 4,521 indigenes of the State.

At the flag off of the programme on Wednesday, beneficiaries were asked to be good ambassadors of a new Nigeria which was practically demonstrated in their selection without giving room for political consideration.

The state coordinator of the N-Power Social Investment Programme, Adoga Ibrahim, gave the admonition while flagging off the programme in the Central and Eastern Senatorial Districts of the state.

He urged the beneficiaries to give out their best in the two-year period of the scheme aimed at creating employment for the teeming Nigerian youths.

In Okene Local Government Area of the state, Mr Ibrahim, who represented Governor Yahaya Bello, lauded the exercise of President Muhammadu Buhari which he said would reduced poverty and unemployment.

He urged the beneficiaries to display a good sense of responsibility in the discharge of their duties.

”The N-Power Corps is an initiative which will engage 500,000 young unemployed graduates and will harness the energies and skills of graduates to provide teaching solutions in education, agriculture extension services and public health,” he said.

The Kogi State Social Investment Programme’s office has designed a grassroot plan which ensure registration of the programme at all 21 local government areas of the state before the deadline of August 31, 2016. Registration for the programme was done via N-Power website – www.npower.gov.ng

 

Following the successful registration and screening of the applicants, the Social Investment Programme office domiciled in the office of the Vice President and headed by the Special Adviser to the President on Social Investment Programme has released the first batch of successful N-Power applicant for the various programmes.