Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State on Thursday reiterated that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will emerge winner of the coming November 11 governorship election in the state.
Bello who spoke during a stakeholders meeting of APC in Lokoja said that ethnicity will not determine the winner of the election but on the achievements of his administration in the past eight years
He said those relying on ethnic agenda to win the election will gnash their teeth at the end of the day
He noted that the APC is a party for all ethnic groups in the state, saying this has clearly out the party ahead of 17 other political parties contesting the election.
“We must jettison ethnicity in Kogi State. Those championing ethnic agenda do not mean well for our unity.
“In Kogi, we have every ethnic group in APC. Let us not allow undeserving elements to drag us back,” he stated.
He then expressed the confidence that the APC would win overwhelmingly in the forthcoming November 11 Governorship election.
He said the party won 99 per cent of elective positions in the state in the last general election, saying that the same scenario will play out in the November 11 governorship election.
“We won all senatorial elections. We won all the House of Representatives and Assembly elections except one. Presently, all opposition political parties have all joined the APC in the state.
“With about 1,500 political appointees in the state, the APC party structure is everywhere. We are united in the State with no ethnic colouration.
“The November 11 Governorship election is like a boxing match between Mike Tyson and a malnourished political party.
“We will win overwhelmingly not on the basis of ethnic sentiment but on the strength of the APC,” he boasted.
Bello called on the members of the party to go back home, down to the grassroots, in order to consolidate on the party’s winning strategies.
He cautioned against violence and urged party members to campaign based on issues and be peaceful.
“Late Prince Abubakar Audu won his election in 1992, 1999, not on ethnic sentiment. Alhaji Ibrahim Idris won on two occasions, not on ethnic sentiment. Capt. Idris Wada also won in 2012, not on any sentiment. In 2018, I won overwhelmingly, not on ethnic sentiment.
“I can assure you that in 2023 and moving forward, elections will also be won, not on ethnic sentiment,” he said. (vitalnewsngr.com)