Kogi Governorship: Bello Calls Victory “Act Of God”

Kogi, Yahaya Bello, Supreme CourtKogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has described his victory at the Supreme Court as an act of God, saying it shows that Nigeria honours democracy.

Governor Bello made the declaration in statement on Tuesday by his spokesman, Mr Kingsley Fanwon, after the judgement.

He said his victory at the Supreme Court was a big honour to democracy.

The Governor dedicated the victory to the people of Kogi State who believed in transforming the state from potentially great state to a really great state.

However, he warned his supporters against unbridled celebration, saying the moment was a challenge to the state’s residents to reflect on how to make the state great.

Governor Bello pledged to continue to pursue his cardinal goals of improving education, reinventing healthcare, boosting infrastructural development and raising the capacity of the state’s citizens to reinvigorate the economy.

He thanked the judiciary for raising to the occasion and standing firm with what he said was true and just.

Supreme Court Ruling

Earlier on Tuesday, the Supreme Court upheld the election of Mr Yahaya Bello as the duly elected Governor of Kogi State.

A seven-man panel headed by Justice Sylvester Ngwata affirmed the election after listening to the closing statements of all the counsel.

The court also said it would provide reasons for its decision on September 30.

In a swift reaction, the immediate past Governor of Kogi State, Mr Idris Wada, said he was yet to study the judgement.

Mr Wada, who spoke through his Special Adviser on Media and Strategy, Mr Jacob Edi, noted that he cannot make any comment until a copy of the Supreme Court judgement was made available to him.

Governor Wada Congratulates General Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari The Kogi State governor, Captain Idris Wada, has congratulated Nigeria’s President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, on his victory at the just-concluded presidential poll.

In his goodwill message which was signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Strategy, Mr Jacob Edi, the governor noted that the retired General’s success in the election is a further testimony that democracy is now firmly rooted in Nigeria.

Governor Wada further stated that, like any sporting event, a winner is expected to emerge at the end of every election.

He, therefore, wished the President-elect a successful tenure as he begins the onerous task of leading the country in the years ahead.

Governor Wada also commended the outgoing President, Goodluck Jonathan for creating an enabling environment for democracy to flourish, having ensured a credible general election and for steering the ship of state in the last Six years.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, winner of Nigeria’s presidential election, defeating the incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan.

The announcement was made by the Chairman of INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, in the early hours of Wednesday, April 1, after the completion of the collation and announcement of results which started at the collation centre in Abuja, the nation’s capital, on Monday and ended on Tuesday, March 31.

General Muhammadu Buhari of the APC polled a total of 15,424,921 votes to defeat all other candidates, with Dr Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)  polling a total of 12,853,162 votes to place second.

Injured Kogi Governor Receives Treatment At Home

Governor of Kogi state, Captain Idris Wada who was injured in an auto crash last week is now recuperating in his private residence in Abuja.

The governor was on Tuesday, discharged from the Cedarcrest hospital, Abuja where he has been receiving treatment for a fractured thigh bone.

The governor’s media adviser, Mr Jacob Edi confirmed to Channels Television that the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Felix Ogedegbe certified the governor fit to be discharged,to allow him recuperate fully at home.

Dr. Ogedegbe had earlier in the week stated that the governor will be out of the hospital in a matter of days after successfully undergoing a surgery.

Mr Edi added that the governor is now recuperating in his private residence in Abuja.

On Friday, December 28, 2012, Captain Wada was involved in a car crash that claimed the life of his Aide-De-Camp (ADC) and left his driver injured.

The injured governor had reportedly refused to be flown out of the country to treat his fractured limb claiming his strong fate in the nation’s medical practitioners.

President Goodluck Jonathan had on Monday visited the recuperating governor , at the hospital where he was receiving treatment for the injuries he sustained in an auto crash.

Kogi government denies any role in state’s assembly crises

Disturbed by series of the allegations levelled against it by People’s Democratic Party (PDP) elders forum in Abuja, the Kogi state government has reacted by telling its own side of the story.

At a press conference in Lokoja the state capital, the Kogi state Commissioner for Information, Mr Yabagi Bologi told reporters that the state governor Captain Idris Wada is not responsible for the crisis faced by the PDP in the state.

Bologi explained that a group of self-styled PDP elders in Kogi, setting aside all known rules of constructive criticism and positive engagement, chose to attack the credibility of the state governor and describe him as an inept, corrupt and rudderless leader.

The Commissioner noted that the state governor has emphasised that he has no hand in the impeachment of former Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Honourable Abdullahi Bello.

He challenged those making the allegation to come up with evidence as he claimed that they are on a wild goose chase.

The Commissioner stressed that the crises in the House of Assembly is purely an internal affair of the lawmakers and the executive have resisted every attempt to take sides in the crises.

Also reacting to barrage of allegations, the Special Adviser to the state governor on media and strategy, Mr Jacob Edi, referred to the PDP elders as ‘failed politicians’ who have nothing to offer the state. He declared that the state governor has come to stay.