Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello has vowed to resist attempts by opposition parties in the state to rig Saturday’s gubernatorial election in the state.
Bello who spoke at the weekend during a campaign rally at Dekina/Bassa constituency said that anyone trying to bring mercenaries from other states to cause trouble and rig the elections would be made to face the full wrath of the law.
He said, “It is only a bastard that will invite a foreigner to come and kill his people because of election.
“Please do me a favour , youths women and residents of Igala kingdom you know yourselves, do not take the law into your hands. We are not unaware of their plans to import into Kogi state machineries from from Port Harcourt, Nasarawa, Ekiti, Kwara , Taraba, Taraba and Agatus from Benue state .
“I am assuring them if they have ever succeeded in doing that in other states, Kogi state November 16 governorship election will be exceptional and it will be the last state they will ever intrude to cause mayhem during election. We are resolute to maintain and sustain the existing peace in the state.
“The forthcoming election is about the future of the citizens of the state and I am optimistic that APC will win the election conveniently because the youths and the women in the state have said no to political fatherism where governance is been transferred from father to son , from in-law to another in-law.”
On what he intends to achieve if reelected for a second term, the governor said,
“Our second tenure will focus on human capital development, education, security and infrastructure development to improve the living standard of the citizens.
“A situation where we have teeming unemployed youth without jobs is not healthy for the state and unacceptable to us, that is why we are resolute to redouble our effort in ensuring that graduates are meaningfully engaged.
“Our effort in agriculture value chain have started yielding success as 1700 youth and women in the state have just benefited from the first phase of the Women and Youth Empowerment Programme (WYEP) of Agro-Processing , Production Enhancement And Livelihood Improvement Support (APPEALS) supported by the world bank.
“We are ready to take advantage of similar projects to better the lives of our people as we are able to take development to our communities within the minimum resources available to us.”