- The talks around the 2019 general elections are gaining momentum by the day
- Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state recently promised to deliver the state to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019
- The PDP in the state however faulted the claims by the governor
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi state has faulted Governor Yahaya Bello's claim that he would deliver the state to President Muhammadu Buhari come 2019.
Governor Bello had told State House correspondents on Friday, January 5, that President Buhari will get more support and votes from Kogi state in 2019 as the state has already endorsed the president for a second term in office.
The governor added that the president will get more votes in Kogi state than in his home state of Katsina.
Reacting to the governors statement, the PDP in Kogi state said the governor was only daydreaming, adding that he had no political ground and followership that could deliver the state to President Buhari and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), as he claimed.
The party's publicity secretary in the state, Bode Ogunmola, said this at a press conference on Sunday, January 7.
His words: “How can Governor Bello convince Kogites to vote for Buhari in 2019 when there is hardship everywhere? He should stop deceiving the president just because he is looking for cheap political favour.
“Bello knows himself that in his country home, which is the central part of the state, he can’t deliver for Buhari. Workers are dying due to lack of payment of salary.
“As it is today, pensioners are crying because of lack of payment of entitlements; and the governor will go to Abuja and begin to tell the world who will vote more for the president. As far as we are concerned, during election time, we will know who is on ground.”
He said it was diversionary for the governor to be talking about Buhari’s 2019 presidential ambition at a point when there were problems of fuel supply, high level insecurity and killings in Benue, Rivers, Kaduna and some north eastern states.
Ogunmola, who faulted the governor’s claim that he borrowed N10 billion to pay workers’ salaries, reminded him that he would be made to account for all such monies after his term in office.
Meanwhile, Ya’u Umar Gojo-Gojo, a former speaker of the Katsina state House of Assembly and the Katsina North senatorial district candidate of the PDP in the 2015 general election, has declared that the opposition party cannot defeat President Buhari in 2019.
Gojo-Gojo, who has now defected to the APC, says the quest by the PDP to reclaim the presidential and Katsina state’s governorship seats are misplaced hope.
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