Ahead of the governorship election in Kogi State, North Central Nigeria, Progressive Governors Forum stormed Lokoja, the Kogi State Capital to drum support for the second term ambition of incumbent Governor Yahaya Bello.
The team led by the Chairman of the Progressives Governors’ forum and Governor of Kebbi State, Senator Atiku Bagudu, Yobe State Governor, Alhaji Mai Malla Bunni, the immediate past Governor of Bauchi state, Barrister Mohammed Abubakar and other dignitaries also visited the All Progressives Congress’ state party Secretariat to thank APC party stakeholders over the successful outing the party witnessed in the State during the last General and State Assembly Elections.
Commending party supporters Senator Bagudu assured the party leaders and stakeholders of their support of their colleague, Governor Bello Noting that Governor Bello was a very energetic young man, “whose youthful zest has positioned Kogi on the path of progress and development”.
The Chairman hinted that in a recent meeting of Governors with representatives of world bank, they confirmed that based on the excellent performance of the state on the Nigerian Erosion and Water Management Projects, NEWMAP, Kogi State would soon access about $27million in the other phase of the projects.
He therefore urged the party stakeholders to continue to believe the Party and be a one strong indivisible household so as to continually emerge victorious adding that he and the other Governors were well aware that Governor Bello has respect for the APC members and has achieved great feat in the Party affirming that all the Stakeholders had worked very hard to achieve such historical feat.
Senator Bagudu commended the newly reconciled former party chairman for noting that he could not fight the party which he has built, stating that such gesture was an elevation of collective interest above selfish gains, “greatness was recognizing individual difference and using such to achieve great result in the interest of the greater number of the party people”
In his response, Kogi State Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello stated that the visit of the Governors was an indication of the support he has received from the umbrella body which he belongs.
Governor Bello stated that whatsoever feat the APC has achieved in the recently concluded General and State Assembly Elections was “a tip of the ice berg as compared to what would be witnessed.”
The Governor pointed out that his administration has done very well in securing the people of the State, “particularly integrating the seemingly divided ethic group to become one united front”
He stated that such ideology has been summarised in the fast spreading slogan EBIGO which was an explanation of how far his government has united the major three and other tribes in the State.
The Governor opined that the State which was strategically located at the centre of the country have so far laid a good example of integration, unity and would also on the long run unite the country.
The Governor seized the opportunity to thank the recently reconciled former party chairman of the party, Alhaji Hadi Ametu and members of his executives assuring that he was not a discriminatory leader.
On his part, the Chairman of the APC in Kogi State, Alhaji Abdullahi Bello, thanked all the visiting Governors for finding their time to come to the State.
He revealed that Governor Yahaya Bello helped built and groomed the All Progressives Party to a winning machine.
Alhaji Abdullahi Bello noted that State Party Stakeholders in a previous meeting unanimously adopted indirect primaries format for its primaries owing to the success which the format offered in the last general and state Assembly noting that a ‘winning team does not change formula’.