All Progressives Congress, APC governorship aspirant in Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has promised to lead the state from the shackles of poverty, underdevelopment and dependence on federal allocations, to an economically viable state if voted into office during the forthcoming election.
Bello, who spoke with newsmen in Abuja over his plan for Kogi, said he has the capacity to transform the state’s economic fortunes through major sectors of the economy if elected as governor.
He lamented that “Kogi State, despite being one of the most naturally endowed states in Nigeria, remains one of the poorest”, adding that “the deplorable state of development in the state can be squarely blamed on mismanagement and bad governance by the current and past administrations”.
The 40-year-old governorship aspirant assured that the debt burden and poor leadership in the current administration would not stop him from partnering with relevant stakeholders and development agencies within and outside Nigeria to make Kogi one of the most developed states in the country.
According to the Okene-born politician, Kogi requires a visionary leader that could take it to greater heights, noting that “in the last 12 years, Kogi State has witnessed a plethora of unkept promises and dismal performance due to the gross ineptitude and fiscal irresponsibility of the current Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, government in the state”.
“Governance is about service delivery. It is about putting the people first. It is about the formulation and execution programmes and policies that have direct impact on improving the welfare of the people.
“It is about accountability and fiscal responsibility. It is about transparency. Those who know me, know that I have the requisite qualities to lead Kogi State. I am a simple man. One who believes in the rule of law, fairness and equal treatment of my fellow man”, he stressed.
Bello, a former staff of the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RMAFC, explained that he wants to lead Kogi State “because it deserves a governor who has a well thought-out and structured developmental roadmap for the state”.
“The era of paying lip service to development is over. Now we must walk the talk. We must be ready to back up our words with action. Now we must take our destinies into our hands. The choice is ours. We must choose wisely”, he advised the electorate.
Bello added, “What we need now in Kogi State are not more electoral promises. What we need is a visionary leader, someone who understands what governance is and has the political will to change the fortunes of the indigenes”.

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