The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said Monday that the emergence of Governor Yahaya Bello as the All Progressives Congress (APC) flag bearer would make it easier for them to win the November 16 governorship election in Kogi.
The party in a statement issued in Lokoja through its spokesman, Mr Bode Ogunmola, said Governor Bello’s dismal performance as manifested by the economic hardship and escalating insecurity would readily move the people to seek better alternative, found only in the PDP.
The party therefore said Bello’s candidature would ensure “a sweat-less victory’’ for the PDP.
“PDP has long been praying for the APC to make mistake of re-presenting Bello for the governorship poll.
“It is a well known fact that the governor cannot win any local government in Kogi due to his poor performance, and the way and manner the resources of the state is being massively looted.
“His desperation to return is to save himself from going to prison over looted funds. That was why he had to spend hugely to get strong contenders disqualified.
“If he succeeds in fooling the leadership of his party and the delegates, we are confident that he cannot fool Kogi electorate who are victims of his monumental misgovernance,’’ Ogunmola said.
But in a swift reaction, the Director-General of Media and Publicity of the governor, Mr Kingsley Fanwo, said Bello would not be distracted by empty boasts, adding that he would focus on governance rather than preparations for the November 16 poll as he is certain of victory.
He said he had responded adequately to the PDP in February and March (general elections) with unprecedented defeat.
“We are even stronger going into the November governorship election. The governor won’t talk. He believes in allowing his results speak for him.
“Gov. Bello will not remove his feet from the pedals of governance and in his drive to deliver democracy dividends to the people of the state”, Fanwo said.
According to him, the governor will campaign with the work he has done since taking over the mantle of leadership in the confluence state.
“GYB is gradually redefining governance and politics. While others talk, he works and his work speaks for him.
“The naysayers said he was not popular and he defeated the opposition in the general elections like never before in the political history of our dear state.
“The Aug. 29 governorship primaries in the state have again made a resounding attestation to his political credentials.
‘“In victory, he has remained humble. He has stretched an olive branch to all contestants in the primaries to join hands with him to deliver victory to the APC on Nov 16.
“As we continue our electioneering, our projects will continue and those completed will be commissioned. Gov Bello was elected to serve and he will continue to serve even into his second term in office,’’ he said.