OPINION: Five Reasons Why Yahaya Bello May Emerge Winner Of Kogi Guber, By Michael Onjewu
On Saturday, November 16, citizens of Kogi State, North Central Nigeria will go to the polls to elect a new governor that will pilot the affairs of the confluence state for another four years.
Despite the presence of many candidates, the election is expected to be a two-horse race between current governor Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Mr. Musa Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
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Though faced with criticisms about his achievements in office, here are five reasons why Yahaya Bello may emerge winner come November 16.
- Power of Incumbency:
As the current governor, Yahaya Bello has an edge over all his competitors. He has direct access and influence over state apparatus and this may count in his favor come November 16.
- Party Structure in Kogi:
Presently, the party structure of the APC in Kogi is stronger than what the PDP has to offer. The party structure at the ward, local and state levels will be deployed massively by the governor.
- Recent Endorsements:
Yahaya Bello's chances of winning got a new boost following recent endorsements from stakeholders. Days back, about 45 political parties endorsed Bello, while Transport unions have promised 500,000 votes.
- Political Divisions in Kogi West and East: The political divisions among the IgaIas and Okuns will serve as a major boost to governor Yahaya Bello's re-election bid. The governor will cash on the rancours by ensuring that he gets at least 50% of the votes through the influence of the likes of Smart Adeyemi (Kogi West) and current deputy governor, Edward Onoja (Kogi East) while ensuring that he gets the bulk of the votes cast from his mainly Ebira speaking (Kogi Central).
- Lack of Better Alternative: Kogi state is currently between the lion and the deep blue sea. The people will rather stick to Yahaya Bello than voting a Wada whose elder brother was a one time governor.
Yahaya Bello will most certainly be returning to Lugard House come November 16.