From AMEDU JOSEPH, Lokoja
Barely thirty days to the November 16th, governorship election in Kogi State, Governor Yahaya Bello’s reelection bid has received a boost as no fewer than 45 political parties drummed support for his return to Lugard House.
The Coalition of Political Parties, CPP, at a news conference in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital said the endorsement of the governor was sequel to his good work in the last four years.
Addressing journalists on Wednesday, the Chairman of CPP, Dr Sani Teidi said the various political parties have objectively analysed all the parties and candidates that are contesting for the governorship race with the resolution that the incumbent governor is head and shoulders above the rest.
While considering the first term of Gov. Bello as very successful, the Chairman noted that Bello has provided Kogi State with good governance in the last four years devoid of ethnic, religious and class difference among the people.
He lauded the Governor for his policies of inclusion and proportional distribution of appointments and projects amongst all constituencies in Kogi State, adding that, they are determined to help in the actualization of the governor quest for a second term.
“In view of the following, we warn in the strongest term possible that, the increasingly ethnic coloration which some other parties and their candidates are giving to their campaign is serious disincentive, both to the coalition and to voters in Kogi State.
“We appeal to all political parties to bind themselves to respect for the rule of law by playing according to the rules before, during and after the election” he said.
CPP however charged the Governor to see his endorsement as a call to provide even more transformational leadership to Kogi State rather than a victory over the opposition.
Responding, the All Progressives Congress, APC Deputy Governor candidate, Chief Edward Onoja said the endorsement of his principal was for the unity, interest and the development of the state adding that, this will go a long way to show what election is all about.
He said, the Governor is a candidate that has continued to unite Kogi State stressing that, his first term in office has broken the barriers of ethnic and religious difference in the state.
Acknowledging that the state belongs to over four million people, the former Chief of Staff to the Governor said it is imperative to break the long existing oligarchy in the state just as he admonished them to go out and advocate for a violence free election in November.
The political parties that endorsed Governor Bello are KOWA, DA, APA, LP, NNPP, YES PARTY, AGAP, MMN, ABP, AA, SNG, NPC, NAC, BNPP, DPP, ABDP, PDC, and CAP.
Others are ACCORD, AD, GPN, PPN, NCP, YDP, JMPP, ZLP, PPP, HDP, AAC and PRP.
Also included in the endorsement list were NPM, ACPN, UPP, ACD, NEPP, NDLP, NRM, AGA, DPC, NUP, RBNP, RAP, CNP, and PDM AND NDCP.