The executive governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has been described as the Governor of the year by his aide in charge of Social Investment Programme in the state, Hon. Abdulkareem Onyekehi Suleiman.
Hon. Onyekehi made the declaration in Lokoja following the judgement of Kogi State Governorship election tribunal affirming the victory of Governor Yahaya Bello in the last Kogi Gubernatorial election.
Musa Wada of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had filed a petition challenging the re-election of Yahaya Bello as the Governor of Kogi State for a second term in the November 2019 Kogi governnorship election.
The Election Tribunal had on Saturday dismissed the case filed by Wada against the election and affirmed Governor Yahaya Bello’s victory.
While congratulating the governor, Hon. Onyekehi who is also the Special Adviser, Multilateral, Donor Agencies and Special Projects to Gov. Bello said the mandate is unstoppable.
“The emergence of Gov. Yahaya Bello was God’s mandate and he has been progressing through divine guidance. “The mandate is, therefore, unstoppable”, Onyekehi said.
He commended Gov. Bello for his equitable leadership in terms of appointments and capital Projects which he described as unprecendented in history of Kogi State governance.
Hon. Onyekehi further noted that the achievements of Gov. Bello since he assumed power have been significant.
He listed unity of the people of the as the major scorecard of the governor even as he has left no stone unturned in other sectors of the state.
The special adviser also acknowledged the governor’s landmark achievements of the Governor on security most especially, the Youth development/employment and his roadmap on industrialization of the state towards creating numerous job opportunities for teeming Kogi citizens have already made him the man of the year.
Onyekehi explained that his achievements in various sectors of state economy has made the World Bank to rate Kogi State high on budget performance and transparency for the year 2020 and Kogi also came second in the development rating by Progressive Governor’s Forum 2020.
He further acknowledged the none existent of COVID-19 cases in Kogi State, attributing the feat to the proactiveness of the Governor in his fight against the outbreak of life-threatening COVID-19 and other related diseases in the state.
Onyekehi praised the governor’s courage in defending the people Kogi citizens against needless panic, tension and his refusal to play to the gallery at the detriment of the people of the state.
He noted that amidst the pressure to declare Kogi a covid-19 infected state, the governor choose the path of truth in the interest of the citizens, a bold gesture that has attracted both national and international accolades for his pro-people decision.
He, therefore, advised those in the opposition to stop wasting their time and that of court judges needlessly and join league with Gov. Bello in the interest of the good people of Kogi State.
“I want to advise those in the opposition to concede defeat and join hands the governor to move Kogi forward”, he submitted.