BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has described his victory in the November 16 governorship election as a death knell for ethnic politics and its ugly past in the Confluence state.
He said the election outcome has brought a breathe of fresh air to Kogi State with the contentious issue of ethnicity receiving a huge blow to shame tribal warlords and their ardent supporters
Governor Bello told State House correspondents after presenting his Certificate of Return to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja that ethnicity and other related issues have unfortunately frustrated the State and kept it in the backwaters of underdevelopment over the years.
According to him; “Ethnicity is a monster that has held the country down. My victory has therefore buried ethnicity.”
He boosted of being sure of victory during the election with a wide margin, adding; “I won with landslide. I had said winning was not the issue but the margin.”
Extending his hands of fellowship to all those who contested against him in the All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries and the opposition political parties during the gubernatorial election, Governor Bello said the time has come for all Kogi people to join him in the Next Level government “so that we can together do more.”
He stated that; “We have a lot of task ahead of us, the journey has just begun.”
The APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, who spoke earlier with journalists, expressed the party happiness over Governor’s victory of Governor Bello at the poll.
Comrade Oshiomhole also said President Buhari was pleased with the victory and has already congratulated him, adding; “We appreciate the people of Kogi State by standing with the APC and voting for Governor Yahaya Bello.”
“He will reciprocate the confidence reposted in him”, the APC National Chairman assured.