Yahaya Bello, Kogi State Governor, has reaffirmed his belief that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will emerge victorious in the forthcoming November Governorship election, citing the party’s remarkable achievements during his tenure.
Governor Bello expressed this confidence during a visit by Gen. Christopher Mustapha, Chief of Defence Staff, who was in Lokoja for collaboration on ensuring a peaceful election in the state.
In a statement delivered by Edward Onoja, his Deputy, the Governor stated his commitment to following the directives of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in guaranteeing a violence-free election. He highlighted the administration’s unwavering dedication to prioritizing security since taking office, with a focus on protecting lives and property.
“Having excelled in all sectors, particularly in security, we’re optimistic that it will inspire our citizens to turn out in large numbers and exercise their civic duty. Our visible achievements will speak for us, with the utmost assurance that we will secure an overwhelming victory. We are ready to cooperate with the Armed Forces to ensure a peaceful election and provide a level playing field for all candidates and voters.”
Governor Bello underscored the peaceful nature of Kogi’s people and the administration’s commitment to maintaining security and peace throughout the election process.
“We want to assure our President, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, of stability, peace before, during, and after the Governorship election. We also want to commend the Chief of Defence Staff for the measures he has taken to ensure a peaceful election in the state.”
The Governor praised President Tinubu and the Chief of Defence Staff for their role in reducing crime rates in the North West and South East regions since the current administration took office.
In response, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Christopher Mustapha, affirmed the Armed Forces’ commitment to a peaceful, violence-free, and credible election in Kogi State. He emphasized the strategic importance of the state to the country and the need for a secure environment to enable citizens to fulfill their civic responsibilities.
“The Armed Forces are here for the people of the State. I urge the people to turn out in large numbers to vote. The Armed Forces are dedicated to ensuring a free and fair election, allowing citizens to enjoy democracy. I encourage eligible voters to come out and vote.”
Gen. Mustapha also warned that any member of the Armed Forces found engaging in unprofessional conduct would face consequences. He urged the public to report any cases of misconduct to the military.
The State Security Adviser, Commander Jerry Omodara (retd), echoed the commitment to security and safety during Governor Bello’s administration, emphasizing the collaboration between the state and security agencies to maintain a secure environment.
“The state has enjoyed a good working relationship with security agencies. We must praise them for doing well. We will continue to provide them with the necessary support to better serve the state and its people,” he stated.