By AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja
As the August 29 APC Governorship Primary Election for Kogi State draws closer, a group known as APC Mandate Defenders (APCMD) has endorsed the re-election bid of the state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello.
In a statement released to newsmen in Abuja by the group’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Ifeanyi Emeka, the group noted that Gov. Bello has done well to deserve another term in office following his unprecedented developments in the state.
The group further noted that even before the ‘Not Too Young To Run Bill’ was drafted and passed in to law, Gov. Bello had already populated his government with young men and women thereby making Kogi the most youth-friendly state in Nigeria.
“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.
“Before now, the re-current expenditure of Kogi State budget used to be between 80 – 90 per cent because of political god-fatherism, ghost waters, dysfunctional civil service system, diversion and embezzlement of public funds among others, but because of 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. “Gov. Bello has also boosted the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) profile of state to enviable heights among the states in Nigeria.
“The good governance initiative of Yahaya Bello 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,” it stated.
The group therefore expressed confidence in the ability of Gov. Bello to take the state to the next level of good governance.
“Because one good turn deserve another, our group ‘APC Mandate Defenders’ hereby endorse the re-election bid of Gov. Bello.
“We also wish to state that our group will no longer fold it’s arm and watch political interest groups, propagandists and failed politicians in the state to distract the government from delivering democratic dividends to the people.
“Henceforth, no sponsored lie against the state government will go unanswered,” it concluded.