Governor of Kogi State, Mr. Yahaya Bello, insists President Muhammadu Buhari must seek re-election in 2019 as 24 governors of the All Progressives Congress governors are behind him.
Bello stated this on Saturday in the state capital Lokoja, where he was joined by the National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun at a rally organised to receive defectors into the party’s fold.
The governor maintained that APC remained the only viable party in Kogi State, saying the development made members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party to defect to the party, Punch writes.
“Presdent Buhari must contest second term because all the 24 APC governors are ready to support his reelection,” he said.
“All the PDP members that mattered in the state have all decamped to the APC because they have seen the light and realised that APC hasbetter programme for the people of the state and Nigeria in general”
In his address, Odigie-Oyegun said the President had liberated the country from an impending economic doom.
“Nigeria, under President Buhari, no longer depends on oil to survive. Today, Nigeria, under Buhari, has taken the lead in the agricultural production and the nation is operating on a stable economic progression.”
Interestingly, some of the national leaders and six state governors billed to attend another APC unity rally in Minna, the Niger State capital, shunned the event, while all the state House of Assembly members walked out of the rally.
The APC has experienced internal wrangling recently, prompting President Buhari to constitute a national reconciliation committee chaired by party leader Bola Tinubu ahead of the 2019 elections.