Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has picked Edward Onoja, his chief of staff, as running mate for the November 16 governorship election.
An aide of the governor, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the governor submitted Onoja’s name to the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) during his trip to Abuja earlier in the week, TheCable reports.
“The chief of staff is the running mate of His Excellency in the forthcoming election. An official announcement would be made soon,” the governor’s aide said.
“Mr Onoja’s name was submitted to the national working committee of the party when His Excellency visited the party headquarters on Thursday.”
Aged 44, the indigene of Emonyoku Ogugu in Olamaboro local government area of Kogi, is a Geologist.
Onoja sought the ticket of the former All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) for a house of assembly seat in 2011.
He was the chief strategist of “Yahaya Bello Campaign Organization” in 2015 and the state director of the Kogi Youth Arise Group, which worked for the success of President Muhammadu Buhari during the 2015 general election.
His emergence as running mate comes after a falling out between Bello and his deputy, Elder Simon Achuba.
Achuba had reported Bello to the APC NWC, saying he was being owed N819m in salaries and other emoluments.