Kogi guber election beyond tribal sentiment – Yahaya Bello 

The Kogi state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, Saturday said elections in the state has gone beyond ethnic sentiment.

 He said the All Progressives Congress (APC) won the governorship election because the party presented a popular candidate acceptable to the three senatorial districts in the state.

He stated this at a stakeholders meeting of the APC held in Government House, Lokoja.

He said: “Kogi must develop as one united state and under no illusion must any tribe think it could vote for itself and become governor without the support of other tribes. The November 11 governorship election has shown that unity is the watchword.

“In 2019, I won without ethnic agenda. I cautioned against tribal sentiment and asked that we desist from it before the election. I was optimistic that the APC would win the November 11, governorship election. I wanted it to be a sweet victory, the reason I cautioned against sentiment.”

He thanked President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for his support towards the victory of the APC in the off-cycle election in the state.

“This is because our party, the APC and its candidate, Alhaji Usman Ododo won the election clean and clear. It was pertinent to review and evaluate the election, which APC won overwhelmingly, for people to learn from the mistakes and avoid the pitfalls of the past in future elections.

“The journey was full of ups and downs in the last seven years. But we thank God for the resounding victory. With all the obstacles before, during and after the election, the APC came out stronger.

“The time for everybody to carry his cross has come. Everybody will bear his father’s name because there is still a future,” he said.