From AMEDU JOSEPH, Lokoja
A group under the auspices of Progressive Youths Mandate of Nigeria ( PYMN) an affiliate of All Progressive Congress (APC) has called on lovers of democracy and well meaning citizens of Kogi State to rally round Governor Yahaya Bello to actualize his second term ambition so as to complete lives transformation programmes of the administration.
At a press conference held in Lokoja, Wednesday, the coordinator of the group, Marvel Odiedi stated that after extensive consultation with stakeholders, the group has come down to Kogi State to show him , that the group is solidly queueing behind him.
Odiedi noted that the mission of the group which is among other things to inspire and raise a new generation of youthful leaders responsible to the building of a new progressive and great Nigerian nation state.
According to him, as the primary election of APC draw closer, it has become important to raise the consciousness of our people to give maximum support to governor Yahaya Bello.
“We want to affirm to the general public that Yahaya Bello deserves another term in office following his unprecedented development in the state.
“It is also important to note that before now, the re-current expenditure of Kogi State budget used to be between 80 – 90 percent because of political god-fatherism, ghost waters, dysfunctional civil service system, diversion and embezzlement of public funds among others.
“Similarly, our support for Yahaya Bello is hinged on the fact that Kogi State is among the few states in Nigeria that have not taken any loan for the integrated development of the state which cuts across the three senatorial districts.
“The civil service reform policies and pragmatic leadership skills of Gov. Yahaya Bello, Kogi State capital expenditure is now more than it’s recurrent expenditure thereby making funds available for physical developments and human capacity building and development of the state” He informed.
The coordinator hinted that the good governance initiative that the governor adopted has brought peace and stability to the state thereby making it the only state that is immune from the crisis and conflicts ravaging the entire North-Central region.
While asking for the support of all for the governor, said , he has delivered the state from the menace of kidnapping, armed robbery, Fulani herders attack and other violent crimes,of which he had won several awards adding that the administration has made tremendous inroad into massive roads construction and rehabilitation across the 21 Local Government Councils.
“We therefore express confidence in the ability of Gov. Bello to take the state to the next level of good governance. It is said that one good turn deserves another; our group ‘Progressive Youth Mandate’ hereby endorse the re-election bid of Gov. Bello.
“We are taking this bold step because of his giant strides which practically led to the rebuilding of Kogi state. It must be noted that despite the fact that Kogi is at the bottom of states on the ladder of statutory federal allocations, yet Governor Bello has succeeded in achieving much with the meagre resources.