Yahaya Bello formally declares Presidential bid
Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, has formally declared to run for the office of the Nigerian president in 2023 under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The governor, who made the declaration at an elaborate event at the Eagles Square in Abuja on Saturday, promised to make 20 million Nigerians millionaires by 2023.
The event witnessed the presence of many dignitaries including, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Idris Wase, Kogi state deputy governor, Edward Onoja, former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode among others.
Hafsat Abiola-Costello, daughter of the presumed winner of the June 1993 presidential election, late Moshood Abiola, is to lead the governor’s presidential campaign organisation as its director-general.
Also, the director-general of the M.K.O. Abiola Campaign Organisation and former Senate Deputy Leader, Jonathan Zwingina, has been named the national coordinator of the Yahaya Bello Presidential Campaign.
Bello, while reeling out some of the plans he has for the country, said the 2023 presidential elections are about the survival of Nigeria, adding that he would build on the legacy of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said that having been the governor of Kogi state since January 27, 2016, Nigerians should assess his suitability to be president based on his scorecard of performance.
He said: “I will be running on the broad political philosophy of progressive activism through social action and political reforms. We are so blessed as a nation but yet he does not always seem so. I am running to restore hope by providing security, unity and progress to all Nigerians.
“Our focus will be proper management of our great diversity so that it can really be an advantage.”
Bello noted that despite the dire challenges facing Nigeria today, no one can deny that President Buhari has given Nigeria the greatest investments in public works, governance, housing and social services since the fourth Republic began.
He added that the present administration has invested in the nation’s national security, saying “The war against security may be taking longer than earlier expected but President Muhammadu Buhari has ensured that we have the resources to overcome the challenges.”
Continuing he stated: “Also, it can’t be denied that under the APC government, Nigeria is pushing forward the most comprehensive proposals for restructuring since independence.
“The sum of government policies, the electoral act and other statues enacted, and the ongoing amendment of our constitution are fundamentally changing the way we do things.
“For instance, the average Nigerian governor now has more power on matters of insecurity, public transportation, taxation fiscal federalism, electricity and so more than any other time in our history. These are the legacies of Mr President. They will help the next president takes less long and easier developmental strides provided Nigerians ensure that he is succeeded by one who is ready to consolidate.
Source: Daily Trust