Yahaya Bello

The re-election campaign of Gov. Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi state, has gotten a massive boost with his endorsement by 45 political parties.

Eye9ja reports that the Chairman of the coalition, Mr Sani Teidi, who announced this at a press conference in Wednesday in Lokoja, the state capital said that the parties decided to adopt Bello to boost his re-election bid.

Eye9ja reports that the twelve of the parties in the coalition are fielding candidates in the election, while 15 others have no candidates.

The coalition also included 18 political parties that had earlier voluntarily withdrawn from the election to brighten the chances of Bello in the election.

The parties with candidates include Accord Party, Alliance for Democracy, Green Party of Nigeria, Peoples Party of Nigeria, National Conscience Party, Young Democratic Party and Justice Must Prevail Party.

Others are Zenith Labour Party, Peoples Progressives Party, Hope Democratic Party, Africa Action Alliance and Peoples Redemption Party.

Teidi, the governorship candidate of the Young Democratic Party, said that Bello did well during his first tenure and as such, deserved a second term to complete the ‘good work’ he had started.

“In addition to effective governance which Bello has provided Kogi State going by various indices of development, he has done the most in our state’s history to eliminate ethnic, religious and class differences among our people,” Teidi said.

The chairman of the coalition also called on voters to turn out en masse on Nov. 16 to vote for Bello.

Edward Onoja, the deputy governorship candidate of APC in the forthcoming election, said in his reaction that the decision of the parties would further promote unity, progress and development of the state.

He commended them for shelving their individual interests for the collective interest of the state, saying that Bello would work to unite the people, irrespective of their ethnic and religious affiliations.

Onoja expressed the appreciation of the APC leadership to the parties, urging them to help in selling the party to their supporters at the grassroots.

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