Yahaya Bello, the Governor of Kogi, has clarified that he has no familial connection to Usman Ododo, the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, contrary to rumors.
Speaking during the third Governor Yahaya Bello (GYB) seminar for political and crime correspondents/editors in Abuja, the Governor emphasized that the upcoming November 11 election in the state will be highly peaceful.
Governor Bello stressed that Ododo, whom some “mischievous opposition” had alleged to be his cousin, earned the APC candidacy purely on the basis of merit. He noted that Ododo emerged victorious in a transparent and fair gubernatorial primary.
“While Ododo and I may hail from the same place, we do not share a blood relationship,” the Governor stated. “He possesses qualities of compassion, hard work, and competence, which spoke for him during the primaries.”
Addressing allegations of campaign office destruction by opposition parties in the state, Governor Bello absolved Ododo of any involvement. He asserted that the APC candidate would not engage in actions that could disrupt the election, as he enjoys widespread popularity and support.
“Ododo has gained the trust of the people of Kogi. How can the most popular candidate, positioned to win, incite violence?” he questioned.
Governor Bello emphasized that his administration’s priority is to eliminate ethnic divisions that had hindered the state’s progress prior to his tenure. He highlighted his administration’s commitment to appointing and working with capable individuals regardless of their tribal affiliations.
Kingsley Fanwo, spokesperson for the Kogi APC campaign council, echoed the Governor’s sentiments, emphasizing the importance of maintaining security within the state and ensuring a peaceful electoral process without any bloodshed.