2019: APC governor declares support for National Assembly’s decision to re-order elections

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The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, has said that he is in support of the decision of the National Assembly to re-arrange the order of elections in 2019.

The two chambers of the National Assembly have approved a re-arrangement of the order of elections. In their approval, federal legislative elections will come first, followed by those of state governors and assemblies and finally presidential election. The approval has, however, not been signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC had fixed the presidential and National Assembly elections to hold together first after which governorship and state assembly elections will hold.

Speaking with State House correspondents after observing Friday Islamic prayer at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Mr. Bello said he supports the decision of the lawmakers because what happened in 2015 where the “Buhari Tsunami” helped many “bad ones” among them to get elected will not happen again.

Read excerpts of the Kogi governor’s interview below.

Q: Do you believe Tinubu committee can actually reconcile aggrieved APC members?

A: Of course. Whatever Mr. President believes in, his judgement and his wisdom I believe in him. And I believe in his ability to bring all party members together.

Q: Are you happy the National Assembly’s rearrangement of the 2019 election time table?

A: I so much appreciate this. I think if you observe critically what happened in the last election where Mr. President was elected along with other members of National the Assembly. Then we called it Buhari Tsunami; where the good, the bad and the ugly were all put together and elected. It is either going to be in their interest that the Buhari Tsunami will return them or everybody will be on his or her own. Let Buhari return and let Nigerians select the good ones out of the bad ones to return to the National Assembly. Whichever order it comes this upcoming general elections I can assure you that Mr. President will win landslide and the good ones will return to the National Assembly.

Q: Are you saying the lawmakers will be the losers of this proposed time table?

A: They have the choice to make and they have made their choice that the good will of Mr. President should not rob on the bad ones. Surely, the good ones on their own account will return to the National Assembly at the appropriate time.

Q: You have followed Mr. President’s meeting with the Catholic Bishop and the submission that Nigerians are angry, what is your take?

A: Yes. I followed it keenly and one of the key statement there was that Nigerians are angry. Yes, it is very true that Nigerians are angry but the question is who are this category of Nigerians who are angry?

The category of Nigerians that are angry are those who used private jets to cart away Nigeria’s money in dollars out of the country to South Africa. I’m sure you are aware that our money is still locked down there, such money if you bring it into the economy, a lot of youths that are unemployed will surely be employed. And of course those that have looted the country dry and normally go to the church and mosque to pay tithe are no longer doing so. Of course these are the category of people that are angry.

If you look at it critically, the farmers, those with real jobs are happy because the economy is improving. In no time we have come out of recession, our foreign reserve is increasing, no more bombing in Sambisa, no more bombing in the country, no more bombing in Emab plaza even as close as Abuja, no more bombing in Suleja and all over the country. I think those that are benefiting from these crimes and criminality will be angry and they are Nigerians. So it is important to define the category of people who are angry.

I want to urge Nigerians to continue to appreciate Mr. President, pray for him so that he will complete the good work that he has started, so that Nigeria will be out of the woods.

Q: Recently, you were reported to want to sell some important assets of Kogi state and this has met criticisms, why?

A: Well, to them you call it important but to us it is not important. It is not important because they are tying down the capital and good money of state that would have been used for other developmental projects. You don’t have an important project that is not adding values whatsoever to the lives of the people of Kogi State. And such projects can be converted and used to solve the problems that you are confronted with today. We are in deficit of road infrastructure, schools are in shambles, hospitals and the rest of them. So, why keeping an asset that is not yielding any value all in the name of this is Kogi asset instead of using it for what will benefit the people more and add value to the system.

You see, this is politics playing but we will not be deterred by some uninformed so called elites that are here in Abuja making noise. Let them come to Kogi State and compare the two years of my stewardship with previous administrations, then they will know that they are completely off the track. I think the people of Kogi State are with me and appreciate the much we are doing.


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  • GbemigaO

    If not because the country allows anything, you are definitely not fit to even be a state commissioner !

    • Record Keeper

      “Let us accept that the present (BUHARI) administration has done what
      it can do to the limit of its ability, aptitude and understanding. Let the
      (BUHARI) administration and its political party platform agree with the
      rest of us that what they have done and what they are capable of doing
      is not good enough for us.

      They have given as best as they have and as best as they can give.
      Nigeria deserves and urgently needs better than what they have given
      or what we know they are capable of giving. To ask them to give more
      will be unrealistic and will only sentence Nigeria to a prison term of
      four years if not destroy it beyond the possibility of an early recovery
      and substantial growth.”

      ………………..General Olusegun Obasanjo

      (January 23rd, 2018)

  • duwdu

    Hehehe, Governor Yahaya Bello’s views on the proposed changes to the order of elections make sense o!

    For what it’s worth, some governors, if the proposed changes are signed into law, can then afford to campaign and mobilize against some legislative candidates of their own states/parties for federal offices, and thereafter massively mobilize for their party’s candidate when it comes to the presidential election!

    I naff in Okon’s voice. ;D

    ……..
    P34c3
    …..

  • Nazerine

    Governor Bello of Kogi State is the type of governor Buhari would have given Anambra State in the person of Tony Nwoye.

    • SaI Mama

      “This is the time for us to reinvent the will and tap into the resourcefulness of the younger generation, stimulate their entrepreneurial initiatives and provoke a conduce environment to grow national economy both at the micro and macro levels. The next election in 2019 therefore presents us a
      unique opportunity to reinvent the will and provoke fresh leadership that would immediately begin the process of healing the wounds in the land and ensuring that the wishes and aspirations of the people are realized in building and sustaining national cohesion and consensus.”

      …………….General Ibrahim Babangida

      (February 4, 2019)

    • Gbogbone

      @Nazerine:

      To me it does not matter when the presidential election will take place,
      next year, whether it will come first or come last, I shall vote against the
      useless Muhamadu Buhari as the worst president Nigeria has ever had;
      a semi-illiterate who is not fit to be president of any country.

      Muhamadu Buhari is so corrupt that nobody in APC can defend him,
      apart from Lai Muhammed who is born to lie. Muhamadu Buhari is
      virtually running a rogue government where stealing by his own staff
      is not punished. That is the full meaning of a corrupt government.

      For example, the Director of NHIS was indicted for embezzling close
      to one billion Naira and put on suspension by the supervising boss –
      who is the Minister of Health. What did Buhari do? Seeing that the
      indicted NHIS Director is a northern Muslim and his own kinsman,
      Buhari just cancelled the suspension; and, reinstated the indicted
      Director with stern advice to the Health Minister to henceforth
      work harmoniously with the forcibly reinstated rogue Director.

      • E.O Emmanuel

        @TheCraftedOne:disqus

        Everything must be done to give Nigeria a chance of success. There is no such chance under Muhamadu Buhari who has put the people in the country on a collision course. This is the wrong atmosphere to talk of
        development because no progress is possible where Nigerians have been pushed to the wall to fight.

        Everyday is mass killing in Nigeria. No progress is possible in such an environment. To alter Nigeria for the better the cause of the fighting all over the place must be addressed and removed. The cause is the tribalist and nepotist President Muhamadu Buhari. He has to be replaced for someone wise and prudent to take his place. So long as President Buhari sits on Nigerians’ heads there is no hope or chance of progress in that bleeding country.

  • Moneyz N Horseyz

    Must these Governors travel to Aso Rock to pray every other week? This is one of the wasteful practices that must be curbed.

  • Eniola

    @TheCraftedOne:disqus

    2019 election is to change the CHANGE of charlatans

    Nigeria is a country ruled by charlatans and the point at next year’s election is to change things.
    Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was saying yesterday in the newspapers that “State Police”
    is the way to go” to curb genocidal killings by Fulani herdsmen rampaging Nigeria. He is so wrong;
    and so very wrong, on two grounds.

    First, like an ostrich,
    Yemi Osinbajo hides his head in the ground so as not to see obvious
    violation in the carrying of assault rifles by the rampaging Fulani herdsman.
    It is illegal under Nigerian law for anyone to carry assault rifles without
    being a serving member of the armed forces. Yemi Osinbajo said nothing about
    this obvious crime in full glare. He rather wants state police in each of the
    36 states of Nigeria as the solution. On that second ground he is wrong again.

    State Police will involve creating no fewer
    than 20 border posts in each state since the herdsmen take bush paths.
    20 border posts per state will then become battle fronts multiplied by the 36
    states in Nigeria. Fulani herdsmen are armed with assault rifles which the
    Police in Nigeria do not bear. In theory a state’s police team will be no match
    against assault-rifle-bearing Fulani militias disguised as herdsmen. It is for
    disparate weaponry that a battalion of soldiers was instead deployed to Benue
    state by the Nigerian Army whose soldiers are better-trained with assault
    rifles and grenades to overrun and neutralize the genocidal Fulani militias.

  • Felicia Akinwale

    Buhari made himself Minister responsible for NNPC and on that score alone, he is a bad failure because we have had fuel queues since December and it is yet to abate. Also NNPC keeps posting humongous losses month after month. If you were a CEO, you would fire Buhari. He is a failure. Herdsmen have killed more people than Boko Haram under his watch. Abeg, Buhari don fail.