Kogi guber: Bello predicts victory for APC as party unveils running mate
• Gov, SDP candidate trade blames after convoys’ clash
Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has assured the people that he would leave no stone unturned in ensuring the All Progressives Party (APC) wins the November 11 gubernatorial election.
Bello gave the assurance in Lokoja during unveiling of Joel Salifu Oyibo as deputy governorship candidate at the weekend. He said the party would abide by existing electoral laws to win the poll, noting that his administration has performed creditably in providing critical infrastructure, quality education, healthcare, among others to seek votes from the electorate. He said: “We have something to show Kogi people in terms of performance to ask for their votes in the next governorship election.”
The governor, who warned politicians against politics of bitterness, stated that his government would not condone any act of political violence, observing that Kogi is bigger than any personal interest.
He noted that the choice of Salifu, a class teacher and unionist, was borne out of the party’s APC to carry everybody along in its quest for development of the state.
MEANWHILE, Bello and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) governorship candidate, Murtala Ajaka, have traded blames on alleged assassination attempts.
The allegations followed report of violence, which occurred between their convoys along the Abuja-Lokoja highway, at the weekend.
Amid accusations and counter-accusations by SDP and the APC-led state government on who was the offender, Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo, claimed that a Tundra Van, branded with SDP logo and flag, which occupants were allegedly armed with rifles and short guns, blocked the governor’s convoy.
Ajaka, until his resignation from the National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC, last month, was Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling party and former governorship aspirant.
Upon resignation, he was adopted as SDP gubernatorial standard-bearer for the upcoming poll.
Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja, yesterday, Ajaka denied attacking the governor’s convoy, lamenting that he was forced to suspend his planned tour to palaces of key traditional rulers in the state and return to his Abuja base, reportedly due to Bello’s “brutality.”