A Coalition of about fourty five political parties in Kogi State have given a nod to Governor Bello’s second term aspiration asking all its members to vote massively for him.
They gave their endorsement on Wednesday in a press conference by the parties addressed by the Chairman of the Coalition, Alhaji Sanni Teidi at the Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ) press center, Lokoja.
Dr. Teidi noted that they have objectively analysed all parties and their candidates and came to the conclusion that Governor Bello was head and shoulders above the rest.
He mentioned that the Governor’s first term which he was rounding up was successful and he was justified enough to seek re-election for another four years
The Chairman stated that aside from the visible indices of development which have been witnessed, the Governor has also done well in eliminating ethnic, religious and class differences among the people of the State.
He affirmed that they were living witnessed to governor Bello’s tireless efforts to achieve very meaningful developmental strides through deliberate policies of inclusion and proportional distribution of appointments and projects among all constituencies in the State.
The Chairman re-emphasised that the Governor’s quest for a re-election was also an avenue to ensure equity in the seat of power for other districts in the state, particularly the Central District who was occupying the seat for the first time.
He however warned in the strongest term against increasing ethnic coloration, which some parties were giving to its campaign stating that such was a serious disincentive both to the coalition and the voters in the state.
Alhaji Teidi appealed to all political parties to bind themselves and adhere to the principles of rule of law ensuring that they played by the rules before, during and after election.
He also appealed to Governor Bello to see his endorsement as a call to provide more transformational leadership to the State while he also called the citizens to consider the overall best interest of the State as paramount above primordial sentiments.
Responding, Deputy Governorship aspirant of the All Progressive Congress Honourable Edward Onoja thanked the political parties for believing in the candidacy of governor Bello, noting that they took such step in the interest of the masses and not for selfish purposes.
Honourable Edward opined that the coalition seeked the progress, oneness and development of the state and desired a candidate who could unite the State.
He pointed out that Kogi State belonged to everyone and was not a family affair as he urged all the coalited parties to take active part in the campaign exercise of the APC.