Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello says the altering of the election order ahead of the 2019 election will not affect the chances of President Muhammadu Buhari if he decides to re-contest for a second term in office.
He advised people wishing to contest in 2019 not to rely on the good will of the President but work hard to win the election based on their own popularity.
“I think if you observe critically what happened in the last election where the President was elected along with other members of the National Assembly.
Then, we called it Buhari Tsunami, where the good, the bad and the ugly were all put together and elected. Is either going to be in their interest that the Buhari Tsunami will return them or everybody will be on his or her own.
Let Buhari return and let Nigerians select the good ones out of the bad ones to return to the National Assembly.
Whichever order the election comes, I can assure you that the President will win landslide and the good ones will return to the National Assembly,” he said.
Commenting on the planned sale of some assets of Kogi State, the Governor said such assets were no longer relevant as perceived by some indigenes of the State.
He said: “Well, to them they call it important but to us it is not important. It is not important because they are tying down the capital and good money of state that would have been used for other developmental projects. You don’t have an important project that is not adding values whatsoever to the lives of the people of Kogi State.
And such projects can be converted and used to solve the problems that you are confronted with today. We are in deficit of roads infrastructure, schools and hospitals, which are all in shambles. So, why keeping an asset that is not yielding anything value all in the name of ‘this is Kogi asset’ instead of using it for what will benefit the people more and add value to the system.
You see, this is politics playing but we will deterred by some uninformed so called elites that are here in Abuja making noise. Let them come to Kogi State and compare two years of my stewardship with previous administration, then they will know that they are completely off the track. The people of Kogi State are with me and they appreciate so much what we are doing.”