The incumbent Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, has distanced himself from speculation that he would control the newly elected Governor, Usman Ododo.
Governor Bello on Friday said Ododo would bear his cross while ruling the state.
Bello stated this while addressing State House correspondents after the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdullahi Ganduje, led the re-elected Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State and Ododo for the presentation of their certificates of return to President Bola Tinubu. at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The Governor of Kogi State promised that as Governor of Kogi State, he would not interfere in the governance of Ododo.
Bello said: “In this government, I have no one to dictate to me, but we follow the law and the rules, and the people are satisfied with me. This will be Usman Ododo's government, good or bad, and I pray it will be good. He will bear his cross and I know he will be fine.”
Governor Bello charged the people of Kogi State to join hands with the new administration to ensure that they benefit from the Renewed Hope Agenda of the Federal Government.
Speaking on the victory of APC in Kogi State, the governor-elect said his mandate was for the people of the state and he is ready to serve the people.
He said: “Through the campaign processes we have met our stakeholders, the mandate is for the people, and as such we come to serve the people, we have to consult with them. We thank PBAT for the good it has done for the people.
“Our government comes to solve problems. We thank the people of Kogi for voting for APC.
“The elections in the two states show that our party has moved from the old dark days to the new world order. The people of Kogi State and Imo know what is good for them and they have done what is right.
Also speaking, Imo State Governor Uzodinma said his victory further validated President Tinubu’s victory in the presidential election and the growing popularity of the APC among Nigerians.
He said: “You recall that in the November 11 elections, our major party, APC, which is increasingly popular, emerged successfully in Kogi and Imo states and you know that the leader of the party is the President and that this is our tradition. that after we receive our certificates of return in off-cycle elections like that of Imo and Kogi states, we should honor him by presenting him with the certificate not only in recognition of his leadership but also for the leadership he since then it has shown he emerged as the president of the country.
“Our victory in the elections shows that Nigerians are still very happy with the APC. Nigerians voted en masse for the President and this victory confirms this claim among voters in Kogi State and Imo State.
“So we have come to honor the President and also take this opportunity to thank him for the support and advice, the wisdom he has imparted to us and the achievements he has made since he became President, which most of us to get voters to vote for us.”
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