By Kingsley Fanwo
It was a tortuous week of expectations as we await the judgement of the Supreme Court. It was the hearing first and judgement was fixed for August 31, 2020.
What a whip of time and suspense! I knew we won the election. I knew we won fairly, freely and credibly. But I also knew that technicalities could be so funny. It was my victory, our victory, Kogi’s victory.
And the 31st August came. A lion day for a lion of a politician who was so fearless in standing by the interest of the people; a lion that institutionalized unity and confronted the hypopotamus of the cesspit of corruption that the civil service was prior to the cleansing.
The Justices did justice. Kogites poured out like ocean waters to celebrate the history of their hero. In the build up to the Judgement, the PDP in their characteristic strategy, attempted to drag us into their turf of prejudice. But the Media Team of the Governor resisted the provocation, temptation and the torrent of psychological warfare.
The victory was delectable and delicious. But the Governor immediately seized the initiative. That is why he is the Star Boy of the North. He told his opponents that the battle is over and stretched to them, a long, strong and sure hand of fellowship. He disarmed them with his humility, leadership and unimpeachable sense of sportsmanship.
His arrival to the capital City of Lokoja was a heroic one to say the least. Kogites stopped him to catch a glimpse of the man they voted enmasse to return to the Lugard House.
On Friday 4th September, 2020, the White Lion stormed his native Okene. I went ahead with some Commissioners to be on ground for his arrival. When he arrived, the atmosphere changed. The people couldn’t hold back their love for their hero. It was frenetic joy and unquantifiable adoration. They were lost for joy.
On Friday, he was at the Mosque to worship the God who gave him victory. Muslim faithful thronged the streets and trekked to the Central Mosque. Supporters walked many kilometers on the horses of joy. It was an unbelievable atmosphere.
On Sunday, he went to the Christ the King Catholic Church to dance to his maker. His steps were like that of a thankful Evangelist.
But wait, isn’t he a Moslem? While dance in the church?
One of the biggest assets of Governor Bello is the training he received from his late parents. He knows where to find God. He is a unifier; a unifier of ethnics and religions.
Under Governor Yahaya Bello, the lines of division were erased. From Ogugu to Idah, from Okene to Ogori, from Lokoja to Egbe, there is one hero they know: GYB.
A friend asked me why people talked about “Tatatata” despite the thousands of supporters that came out to jubilate over the victory of their Governor.
“Tatatataism” is the bullet against ethnic division; it is a metaphor for the annihilation of ethnic and religious bigotry. Kogi people refused to engage their reverse gear, but rather chose to move forward with Yahaya Bello.
The sea of heads that greeted the Governor everywhere he went in the last few days testified to his immense popularity, not only in Kogi State, but the entire Northern Nigeria.
Shortly before his election, we went to Kano and the people there were so excited and prayed for his return. He is a different leader who connects to the grassroots like a super glue.
Is he fearsome going by his White Lion appellation? No. He is the lion that has devoured division, bigotry, insecurity and underdevelopment in Kogi State. But with a white heart.
He has achieved a lot in the areas of water provision, security, food production, infrastructural development and most importantly, unifying the people of Kogi State.
His campaign slogan is “Doing More”. And just seven months into his second term and despite the painful pandemonium of a pandemic, he is flying Kogi into greater heights.
Kogi is hopeful and the Team is ready. It can only get better.
Kingsley Fanwo is the Honourable Commissioner for Information in Kogi State.
Kogi Education Commissioner’s Aide Describes Gov. Bello as a Detribalized Leader, Man of His Words.
Obafemi Adekunle Rufus, an aide to the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, has described Gov. Yahaya Bello as a detribalized Leader, who always stand by his words.
The Commissioner’s aide justified his reasons for thanking Gov. Yahaya Bello in a post, says the Governor is what the state needs to move forward.
According to the statement, ” In one of my post last week, I thanked and appreciated His Excellency Alhaji Yahaya Bello, the Executive Governor of Kogi State.
Though some people thought His Excellency gave me a car gift while another school of thought believe it was a political appointment that was given to me.
The fact however remains that I’m thanking His Excellency for remembering my erudite Boss, Hon. Wemi Jones, FCIB and for counting him so worthy to serve under his leadership as Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology.
This for me is enough reason in particular to be thankful and to appreciate His Excellency now and always.
I will continue to support his administration for the good works in the State and to assure him of my support and by extension that of the Hon. Commissioner for Education Science and Technology.
Governor Yahaya Bello is a man that has always stands by his words, and has remained a detribalized leader.
May the Good Lord continue to protect your Excellency and your family and may Kogi State continue to witness rapid development under your leadership.”
KOGI PDP CONGRATULATE OBASEKI.
The People’s Democratic Party , PDP in Kogi State has congratulated Governor Godwin Obaseki on his last Saturday’s victory at the Governorship election in Edo state.
In a statement by the Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Hon. Bode Ogunmola, the party described the victory as well deserved, adding that the Governor’s victory has dealt a deadly blow on god – fatherism in Nigeria politics.
The statement further added that the election is a pointer to the fact that Nigerian electorate can no longer be taken for granted.
The party spoke person further applauded the Independent National Electorial Commission, INEC, for living up to its billing urging it to ensure that the Ondo Governorship election is also fair,free, transparent and credible.
However, while saluting the electorate in Edo state for rising above sentiment, the party admonished Obaseki to run an all inclusive government whereby stake holders of the party will not be sidelined.
The statement further observed that by the election in Edo state, it is apparent that democracy is beginning to take a firm root in the country and called on all stake holders in the country to spare no effort in entrenching a healthy democratic values in the country.
The statement further opined that democracy can only thrive in an atmosphere of free, transparent and credible election and not when people resort to violence to win election as witnessed in some states in the past.
According to the party spoke person, the judiciary will have less business in deciding electoral matters if politicians play in accordance with the rules and adhere to world best practices.
State Publicity Secretary
Council Election: PDP Fixes Date For Primaries, Describes Kogi As PDP State.
The Kogi State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has once again shown resolve to participate and win the forthcoming council election slated for December 12, 2020.
The Party according to a time table for the election says it would open the collection/submission of nomination form from September -24th to 2nd October 2020 at state secretariat.
The Party says it will begin screening – Monday 5th October 2020 (-a) for Chairmanship Aspirant at the state Secretariat while those for councillors would be Screened at there federal constituency headquarters.
The PDP says the Display of screening results would be placed at the state Secretariat on Tuesday 6th October 2020.
The Party says it would hold ward Congress to elect councillorship candidate / 3 adhoc delegates – on Thursday 8th October 2020.
Similarly, the Ward Congress Appeal at the state secretariat – would hold on Friday 9th October 2020.
The Party’s Local government Congress to elect chairmanship candidate would hold on Saturday 10th October 2020.
The Local government Appeal would hold at the state secretariat on Monday 12th 2020.
The statement announcing the time table was signed by Hon Ojochegbe Christopher, the State organising Secretary of the Party.
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