By Anule Emmanuel
Abuja (Precise Post) – Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, yesterday declared that his victory at last Saturday’s governorship election has ended the long age issue of ethnicity in the state.
Bello stated this while speaking to State House Correspondents after he was led to meet President Muhammadu Buhari by National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, at the presidential villa, Abuja.
The Kogi State governor was at the villa to present his certificate of return issued by the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) to President Buhari.
Bello described ethnicity as the bane of development in the country over the years.
He urged the opposition in the area to partner with his government to take Kogi state to the next level.
He said: “I inherited a state that was largely divided along ethnic lines but this particular election, I was able to put that behind us- that ethnicity is not the way- that it is a monster that has held the country down and that tore the states apart sometimes.”
The governor who basked in the euphoria of his party’s victory, which he described as “overwhelming”, in the three senatorial districts of the state, said the outcome of the election had “finally buried” the ethnic divide that had weighed down the state in the area of development.
Boasting over his victory at the election, the governor recalled his previous encounter with newsmen before the polls, bragging, “I told you sometimes back that the issues of winning the election was not in question but the margin with which I will defeat my opponent, and that he will have no reason whatsoever to go tribunal.”
He, however, said that going to the tribunal was “their right if they so wish. We will meet in court.”
“I want to use this opportunity to call on all those that contested the elections with me starting from the primaries of our party to the main election, all other political parties to please join me; we are all citizens of Kogi State. In this next level, so that we can together do more for Kogi State.
“We have a lot of task ahead of us. The journey has just begun. I need the cooperation and understanding of every citizens and residents of Kogi State to join hands with me so that we can do more for Kogi State,” Governor Bello said.
Earlier, Oshiomhole stressed the need for all Nigerians to play politics that is devoid of sentiments.
“Kogi State represents many things to those who truly believe that Nigerian politics should move away from sentiments, to dealing with people for who they are rather than where the come from.
“I am sure that Governor Yahaya Bello, having passed through the learning curve is going to approach the second term with all the vigour, with eye for posterity and legacy marks in the development of Kogi state, ” the APC Chairman added.