Governor of Kogi state Yahaya Bello is confident of being re-elected for a second term in office, saying even a candidate of Igala extraction cannot defeat him in the governorship race.
DD understands the Igala, controlling nine local government areas, is the most populous ethnic group in the north-central state.
And this news medium has learned that Doctor Omede Idris, who is an Igala and a member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is one of the aspirants standing in the way of Bello’s bid to return for a second term on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC).
Although he is not running for the highest office in the Confluence State, another political gladiator to watch closely in the build-up to the November 2 poll is Senator Dino Melaye.
The lawmaker, who is of Okun descent, is expected to pull strings for his party, PDP, in Kogi West.
But Bello’s media aide, Kingsley Fanwo, said people of Igala were appreciative of what the governor had done in the last three years and wanted him re-elected.
“No Igala candidate can defeat the governor come November 2. The PDP right now is in disarray because somebody who was governor for nine (not eight) years is trying to bring his son again to rule the state,” he told Daily Independent.
“A governor whom the people have passed a verdict on in 2015 and repeated it during the rerun when his people rejected him and voted for a person they know will move the state forward is also warming up that he wants to contest.
“The in-law of the first person I mentioned is also warming up to contest. So, it’s around the circle of Ibro-Wada which so many leaders in the PDP are not comfortable with.
“The PDP in Kogi is in disarray while the APC is well-organised and that was manifested in the last general elections when APC won the presidential election, two of the three senatorial districts, seven out of nine House of Reps seats and 25 out of 25 House of Assembly seats.
“That is unprecedented in the history of the state and it will repeat itself on November 2 when the APC fields Governor Yahaya Bello as its candidate for the election.”
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