Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, yesterday declared that he remains unstoppable in the quest to secure a second term. The governor, who spoke to State House Correspondents, after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, discountenanced insinuations that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will not give him the ticket for second term. The process for the governorship election in Kogi State commences in November this year. Bello said: “I am the governor today and In sha Allah, l will return as the governor for another four years, after the November 16 election.
As for the ticket, the analogy is that the tenant cannot send the landlord out of his house. “The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State was rebuilt by me, after the good job done by our late leader, His Excellency, Prince Abubakar Audu. After his demise, l came, rebuilt it from the scratch to what it is today.
“That is evident in the last outing of the party where we had 25/25, in the State House of Assembly. We also won seven out of the nine contested positions in the House of Representatives and two out of the three Senators representing Kogi State in the Senate. So, anybody that is making such noise does not disturb me, because, in the market place, noise is allowed. “You know, Kogi politics is the loudest, so people must make noise and you can’t stop that. But surely, l am very good with my party from the local government to the national level. “They know that l am the leader of the party in my state. I have built it and it is very strong. Anytime, any day, we will win elections in landslide.
That l am going to win in the primaries is given by the grace of God, by which ever means, direct or indirect. “In the November governorship election, we are not just talking of wining, we are looking at the margins. The margin is going to be such that whoever comes far second, will be discouraged to go to court.” On the government’s recognition of the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 Presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola, Bello described the decision as a master stroke by the Buhari-led administration, deserving of commendation by all lovers of democracy in the country. He said: “We can’t thank Mr. President well enough for that wonderful master stroke of recognising an icon, a human being that is synonymous with democracy, the late Chief MKO Abiola. “I think something would have been wrong if he had not done this. For effectively doing it well, we can’t thank him enough.
It is so significant for us and the future generation to know that this man paid the supreme price for the democracy we are enjoying today. We continue to pray for him to do more for the country. He has blazed the trail. It is significant for politics and politicians. “In politics, we have to be real. We are in this politics to serve. Chief MKO Abiola was out to serve us. He was denied. “President Muhammadu Buhari is serving us and he has also recognised the man who paid the supreme sacrifice and what this means is that we must remain real and have the interest of the masses at heart and serve them to the best of our ability. On what Nigerians should expect from the APC-led leadership of the National Assembly, the governor said: “You are going to see government at ease in the next level. Programmes, projects and every policies of government, you are going to see them implemented with ease unlike what we saw in the 8th National Assembly.