Kogi Off-season Guber Election: Gov. Bello Receives More PDP Defectors
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has received more defectors from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) into the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the State counts down to its off-season guber election scheduled for November 11.
The defectors, led by Mr A.K. Salihu, a former two-term House of Representatives member; and Mr Udu Malik, former caretaker chairman of Okehi local government area, are both from Okehi local government area.
The group, in a statement issued on Sunday in Lokoja by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mr Onogwu Mohammed, expressed their support and hope for the victory of the APC governorship candidate, Alhaji Usman Ododo, in the November 11 election.
The delegation also had Mr Haruna Yusuf, who served as the aide-de-camp to former governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole.
Also included is Mr Austin Ochu, the former PDP spokesman for Kogi Central Senatorial District.
Salihu, who spoke on behalf of the group, praised Bello for his developmental efforts, particularly in securing the lives and livelihoods of the people in the State.
He said that their decision to align with the APC was a testament to its people-oriented policies, the internal democracy that exists in the party as well as the provision of critical infrastructure to the citizens.
The group assured the governor of their full support for Ododo and their commitment to securing victory for the APC in the upcoming election.
Responding, Bello commended them for joining the APC and expressed confidence that their support would be an icing on the cake for the APC’s victory in the November elections.
The governor assured them of equal opportunities within the party, emphasizing that the upcoming November 11 governorship election will be about the State’s future.
Governor Bello urged the group to campaign across the three senatorial districts to ensure a strong victory for the APC’s flagbearer, Usman Ododo.