Mikel Obi endorses Governor Yahaya Bello for President
By Fanisi Babatunde
Amongst all attributes of a leader especially in contemporary times is an attribute that is so silent but yet one of the prerequisites of a peaceful and non-conflict society. This attribute takes a center stage in any society you see today globally that has people with diverse religions, tribes, and political orientations,s and yet there is peace.
The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello on Tuesday said that in just six months of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, the All Progressive Congress (APC) has performed beyond the 16-year achievement of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Governor Bello who stated this while featuring on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ programme stressed that the party has delivered good governance to Nigerians.
It could be recalled that APC took over the wheels of governance in 2015 after Buhari won the presidential elections, defeating former President Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP whose party ruled from 1999 to 2015.
Buhari has been under intense fire lately, especially over the country’s worsening economy and escalating security situation.
But speaking on the programme, Bello said, “You are talking about my party being in charge for the past six years, yes, APC has been in charge of Nigeria and the government. We have recorded huge successes in various other areas even including this insecurity; daily bombings are no longer happening.
“And if you talk about this banditry, kidnappings or all of these skirmishes, APC inherited the challenges and we are doing our best to ensure that the challenges are reduced to the barest minimum and that is why I continue to say that the challenges facing this country today, we should take it off partisan politics or political parties and let’s put our hands on deck to solve these problems.
“APC successes today within six years outweigh or outnumber the performance of PDP for the 16 years that they ruled. The statistics are there. If the Honourable Minister of Information (and Culture, Lai Mohammed), is not saying it, very soon, we will remind Nigerians of where APC inherited Nigeria and where we are today, so, we shouldn’t ascribe the issues to political parties.”
Also, despite the recent killing of Kogi State Pension Board Commissioner, Solomon Akeweje, who was shot dead last Saturday by gunmen and a number of abductions in his state, the governor insisted that the North Central state remained the safest in the country.
“Kogi State is still the safest state in Nigeria today. It doesn’t mean that there are no pockets of issues that we are grappling with. Like I always say, they will come in their numbers but they will never return especially the criminals,” Bello stressed.
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has countered claim of being caught in an audio conversation saying that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has been printing money to run his government.
Amaechi who reacted to the allegation through his media aide Taiye Elebiyo-Edeni on Tuesday May 4, told members of the public to disregard the clip as fake.
“I have never headed any financial institution in the country and therefore did not qualify as an authority in the issues that concerns printing of money into the economy.
“I advise Nigerians who want information on printing of money to find out from the appropriate agency and not circulate false statements to gain cheap publicity.”