A defiant Kogi state governor Yahaya Bello vowed Friday to push through Kogi’s toughest election in the face of voter fury, then defy the odds to win re-election despite economic crisis and a debt disaster that has shaken the entire state.
“I am the Governor today and Insha 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, he boasted after meeting with President Muhammmadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
“Secondly, 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.”
“APC in Kogi 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.”
According to him, his efforts at rebuilding the party was evident in the last election where the party won the entire 25 seats in the House of Assembly.
Bello said: “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.”
The governor who described himself as very popular, said those opposing him were mere noise makers, adding, “anybody that is making such noise, does not disturb me, because, in the market place, noise is allowed.
“You know, in 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.
Yahaya mounted a vigorous defense of his embattled leadership promising to defeat all opposition, despite his approval rating falling down considerably.