Yahaya Bello Vows To Relaunch Presidential Ambition In Near Future

In this file photo, Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello briefs State House reporters after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on June 7, 2022.

 

Governor of Kogi State and former presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has hinted that he will relaunch his presidential ambition in the near future.

He made the declaration in a chat with State House correspondents on Wednesday after he met with the President in his office.

Governor Bello, who was at the Villa on a ‘thank you’ visit to the President for allowing him to contest in the presidential exercise, said that what he did with the presidential race is test his might, promising that his next attempt will be supersonic.

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The Kogi State Governor further, who urged his followers to support the ruling party across the board in the upcoming elections, appealed to them not to be disillusioned by the loss.

On the possibility of the APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, having a Muslim running mate, the governor stated that religion or region should not be a factor for political office.

Yahaya Bello Donates Campaign Office To Tinubu

 

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has donated an office to the presidential campaign of Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

He made the announcement on Friday during the visit of Tinubu in Abuja.

Tinubu arrived in the company of former All Progressives Congress’ National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

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In response, Tinubu appreciated the gesture and promised to work for the party and country’s unity.

 

The meeting is party of reconciliatory moves following the outcome of the APC presidential primary.

Bello was one of several contestants beaten by Tinubu in the race to clinch the APC’s presidential ticket.

Excluding Me From APC Presidential Primary Will Plunge Party Into Crisis – Bello

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello on Tuesday warned the northern governors and the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Working Committee that excluding him from the presidential primary will plunge the party into crisis.

He issued the warning while briefing State House correspondents in the Villa, saying that the northern governors did not consult him when a resolution was reached for power to be rotated to the southern region.

According to the Kogi governor, the only thing that could make him not contest the presidential primary is only if President Muhammadu Buhari tells him to step down.

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Bello said that the APC will retain power at the centre if only it plays by the rules.

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello briefs State House reporters after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on June 7, 2022.

 

“I am a unifier; I have demonstrated that severally in my state, I have demonstrated that severally in the various tasks that I was given by the party,” Bello said.

“Nobody consulted me over the decision that they (northern governors) took. I will rather say that they were re-rolled by certain interests who want to be VP at all costs.

“Today is the special national convention of our party where a presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) will emerge. Leading up to today, there has been various controversies and issues before you.

“Certain videos went viral that I got angry and left a particular meeting. This is a period where a lot of lies, and misconceptions will fill the air. Then we have our father, the leader of our party, who should always know the reality or the truth and I came to brief him on exactly what happened. That is what happened.

“Some of my colleagues led by the self-acclaimed leader of them ganged up to suppress the voice of the people. The voice of over 26 million Nigerians, the voice of the women, the voice of people living with special needs, the voice of the choice of the party, that is exactly what I revolted against.

“I remain the leading candidate into this general election and I decided the leave the meeting where such concoctions were ongoing, that’s exactly what happened. I wouldn’t mention a name because I am honourable enough.

“The office I occupy today is an office that should be dignified and I have respect for elders even if some elders don’t respect themselves, so I wouldn’t mention names.”

2023 Presidency: I Am The Voice Of Young People – Yahaya Bello

 

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, a presidential aspirant and Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, on Sunday said he is the voice of the young people.

The governor made the assertion on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, a few hours before the commencement of the presidential primary election of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

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“By June this year, I will be 47. I am still the young of the young people, the voice of the younger generation, the voice for the women, the voice for people living with disabilities, and the voice for Nigerians irrespective of religion, region, or tribe because we have demonstrated it in Kogi State,” the governor said.

A file photo of Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.

 

If the APC gives him the opportunity to fly its flag next year, the Kogi governor boasted that he will defeat the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

He claimed that he would be celebrating his victory by 2 pm on the day of the presidential election if the APC gives him the ticket.

Bello also spoke on his plans to revamp Nigeria’s security challenges, recalling that when he came on board as Kogi on January 27, 2016, the state was experiencing security challenges.

When asked if he has the solution to Nigeria’s security challenges, the governor did not directly answer the question.

Rather, he explained that he has demonstrated his ability to solve tackle insecurity based on his experience in Kogi State.

“I have demonstrated that well enough in Kogi State. By the special grace of God, we are going to achieve it within the first 12 months of Governor Yahaya Bello’s presidency,” he added.

2023: Yahaya Bello Should Allow Those Of Us Older Than Him To Run For President – Amaechi

 

Former Minister of Transportation and presidential aspirant under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), Rotimi Amaechi has said that  Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello should withdraw his presidential ambition for him because he has more experience than the governor.

The former Governor of Rivers State stated this when he came to Lokoja, the state capital to woo delegates ahead of the presidential primary of the party.

He was accompanied on the visit by the former Army Chief, Gen. Tukur Buratai.

Speaking at the Government House, Amaechi called on the delegates to prevail on Governor Bello to step down his ambition for elderly people like him.

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He said though Bello is qualified to contest for the presidency, he’s still young and should make way for him to become the party flag bearer.

“This is the 28th state I will be visiting. I can no longer be called one of the APC aspirants because I have become the leading aspirant,” he said.

Amaechi further said that he deserved the ticket ahead of other aspirants,

“I was Speaker at the age of 34, Governor at the age of 42, and a minister in my early 50s. I have acquired the needed experiences to lead Nigeria.

“I am a former Chairman of Speakers forum, two-term Chairman of Governorship forum, coupled with my interaction as Presidential DG campaign, I have what it takes to lead a country like ours.”

He noted that even though he was aware that Governor Bello is a contestant, he as an older, with more experience should be given the chance to lead so that he will provide him with the needed experience in governance.

“I am aware that His Excellency is also a contestant, but I am the only leading contestant, older with more experience and I want to inform him that I will provide him with the necessary experience he needs to govern when the time comes,” he added.

The Deputy Governor of the State, Edward Onoja who received the presidential aspirant on behalf of the Governor urged Amaechi to visit the governor and deliberate with him, saying only Governor Bello can tell the delegates the direction to follow.

He stated that the state remained an APC strong hold, assuring that they will deliver for the party in the next year general election the way they did in 2015 and 2019 general elections.

Yahaya Bello Declares For 2023 Presidency, Promises To Make 20m Nigerians Millionaires By 2030

 

Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello on Saturday formally declared to run for President in 2023.

The Governor made the declaration at the Eagles Square in Abuja.

In his speech, Governor Bello said he will build on the legacy of President Muhammadu Buhari by creating 20 million naira millionaires in the country by 2030.

“According to a BBC report of February 13, 2012 over 100 million Nigerians live in extreme poverty during the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) era,” the Governor said.

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“In 2018, with APC in the saddle that figure has dropped to about 87m people yet Nigeria overtook India as the poverty capital of the world. Just this month, Nigeria through the effort of the President relinquished the title back to India and brought down the figure to about 70m people.

“It is therefore clear that our path to national prosperity lies in pulling millions of Nigeria out of poverty.

“The Buhari administration has a target of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by the year 2030. A Yahaya Bello presidency will have an additional target of creating 20 million naira millionaires by the same year 2030 with the aim that each of them will empower five other citizens.”

The declaration ceremony was attended by Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Idris Wase, Kogi State Deputy governor, Edward Onoja and former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode among others.

Daughter of the presumed winner of the June 1993 presidential election, late Moshood Abiola, Hafsat Abiola-Costello, was named the Director-General of the Yahaya Bello presidential campaign.

 

2023: APC Needs A Competent Candidate No Matter Where He Comes From – Gov Bello

Kogi Governor Yahaya Bello addressed the press on November 17, 2020.
In this file photo, Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello addresses the press on November 17, 2020.

 

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has said the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) needs a presidential candidate who will turn the country’s fortunes around irrespective of where such person comes from.

The governor made the comment on Monday when he spoke on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily amid calls for the presidential seat to be zoned to the south region of Nigeria.

“What Nigerians require, first is a competent, committed, smart thinking and smart acting candidate who will turn the fortunes of this country around irrespective of where he comes from,” the governor said during the breakfast show.

“We have seen turn by turn presidency in this country in the past and we have seen the results. What Nigerians require is a man who will give that hope.”

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‘Very Successful Convention’

Some APC members are seen on the stage as the party holds its national convention in Abuja on March 26, 2022. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

According to him, the country needs a president who will unite every part of Nigeria and also build on the legacies of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“What the party requires now is a smart, vibrant and younger generation to take over the mantle of leadership,” he explained.

His comment comes barely two days after the APC held its national convention and elected leaders for the party. The governor, who also spoke about the event, expressed happiness that it was successful.

According to him, the national convention addressed issues in the APC, stressing that, more than ever, the party is united under the guidance of President Buhari.

“If the agitations were not laid to rest or the concerns were not laid to rest, or even addressed, you would have seen a rancorous convention,” he maintained.

“There are several concerns, agitations, and expectations and that should be expected from a large party like ours; of course today we have over 41 million members with their PVC as members of our great party and this is a party to beat.

“So, such concerns will always be expected but you can see the ways and manner in which we conducted ourselves at the convention, very joyously; elaborately we conducted the convention and everybody, those who needed to step down in the interest of the party in respect for our leader – President Muhammadu Buhari – stepped down and by the special grace of God, we had a very successful convention.”

Middle-Belt Deserves To Produce Next President, Says Fani-Kayode

 

Nigeria’s north-central region deserves a chance to produce the next president, said former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode.

Fani-Kayode, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), stated this on Monday during his appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

Although he said he no longer believes in the emergence of a president based on zoning, he stated that such a person should come from the middle-belt or south-east region, preferably the former.

“I am not a big believer in zoning anymore,” said the former minister. “I believe that zoning could actually cause more problems … but if you insist on zoning, I believe it should go to a zone that has never had it before – the middle-belt has never had it, the south-east has never had it.

“The middle-belt has never had a democratically elected president, or a democratically elected vice president, while the eastern zone has had a democratically elected vice president.”

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A file photo of Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.

 

In the quest to find a successor for President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of the 2023 elections, there have been a series of debates within the two major political parties in the country – the APC and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

But governors from the South, comprising the south-west, south-east, and south-south, had gone beyond party divide to demand that the office be zoned to the region.

Having supported the north-central to produce the next president, Fani-Kayode believes Nigeria needs a young and strong leader.

For him, one of the candidates he deems to be most qualified to occupy the highest office in the land is Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

“Great candidate,” he said at the mention of the governor whom he described as his friend. “It is a progressive thing for me and in my view, I believe strongly that you just don’t get up and hold on to things, you have to look at the situation you have on the ground.

“There are people who will disagree with me in the party or outside the party, but I believe that the situation we are in now requires a strong person that can move the country forward decisively with energy and power, and I don’t think we should limit ourselves to any particular zone.”

Bello Approves Payment Of N30,000 Minimum Wage For Kogi Workers

A file photo of Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.

 

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has approved the implementation of N30,000 as minimum wage for the workers in the state.

The Secretary to the State Government, Folashade Arike Ayoade disclosed this on Tuesday after an extensive meeting with the organised labour in Lokoja.

She blamed the delay in the implementation on the inability for the committee to meet regularly due to the COVID-19 pandemic which has been overcome.

The SSG equally commended the organised labour for their understanding and patience, which she said  has resulted into the signing of the implementation of the new minimum wage.

In his remark, the Deputy Governor, Chief Edward Onoja hailed the organized labour for their understanding and commitment at reaching the agreement amicably without resorting to strike action.

He described Governor Bello as a leader who is passionate about the welfare of civil servants and would continue to give priority attention to its workforce.

Also, the State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Onuh Edoka said Kogi State civil servants have been brought to the same level as their counterparts in other states already implementing the new minimum wage.

Yahaya Bello On 2023: North-Central Is More Deserving Of Presidency Than South-East

 

Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello on Tuesday said the North-Central region is more deserving of the Presidency in 2023 than the South-East region.

Mr Bello made the assertion during a chat with journalists at the State House after a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Governor noted that the North-Central has been the most marginalised since 1960, when the country attained her independence.

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The Governor, who was at the State House to brief the President on the state of insecurity in Kogi, said the North-Central has never produced the president nor vice president of the country, and it was only fair that it produce the next President of the country in the 2023 general elections.

On insecurity, he said the issue is over-hyped and could be politically motivated.

He urged a reduction of the over-reliance on security agencies.

2023 Presidency: I Will Declare My Intention To Run After APC Convention – Yahaya Bello

 

Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello has revealed that he will declare his intention to run for the presidency in the forthcoming 2023 election once the All Progressives Congress (APC) holds it national convention.

The governor disclosed this while addressing journalists in Lokoja, the state capital.

According to him, the APC is the platform through which he became governor of Kogi state must conduct its national convention before he can declare to contest for any position under the platform of the party.

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“We are looking forward to the convention of our great party and by the grace of God, I will declare. But we must have a platform to run on and that is the All Progressives Congress (APC). The party has been built solidly under the leadership of Governor Mai Mala Buni. They have done a great job, we shall conclude the rest in our convention.

“By the mandate and calling of Nigerians, Nigerian youths and women and people all over the world that are calling me to run and build on the achievement of President Muhammadu Buhari. I will surely answer them immediately after our convention as the case may be,” Bello said.

He commended the caretaker extraordinary convention planning committee led by Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni for their effort towards the convention assuring that APC will be more virile after the national convention.

Bello Orders Immediate Removal Of Illegal Roadblocks In Kogi

Some security aides of Governor Yahaya Bello remove illegal roadblocks in Kogi State on January 13, 2022.

 

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has ordered that roadblocks within the state, where illegal taxes are collected, should be removed with immediate effect.

Bello gave the order on Thursday after he was stuck in traffic for a long time while on his way to the Okene area of the state.

He was said to have alighted from his car, and ordered one of his security aides to supervise the removal of the roadblock in the area after interacting with the illegal tax collectors.

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The governor said the illegal roadblocks have caused so much hardship to the road users especially the transporters.

Some security aides of Governor Yahaya Bello remove illegal roadblocks in Kogi State on January 13, 2022.

 

“The activities of the illegal tax collectors on the road are a serious source of frustration to taxi drivers and drivers of articulated vehicles because of the high illegal charges,” he said.

He, therefore, warned that he will not condone such practices in the state, adding that only legally constituted tax collection agencies backed by relevant statutes would be allowed to carry out their responsibilities.

Some of the transport workers who were held at the roadblock said they had spent hours before the arrival of the governor.

The commuters also commended the governor for his concern for the common man.