Yahaya Bello with his supporters.

Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has expressed confident in his victory irrespective of the form of primaries the All Progressive Congress adopts in the State ahead of November 16 gubernatorial election.

The Governor affirmed that he would willingly follow the direction of the Party as he was not afraid of any form of primaries stating that he was sure that the Party Stakeholders were on his side.

He said this while attending the Party’s State Stakeholders meeting at the Party Secretariat in Lokoja where he expressed that the party leadership had justified the different positions they occupied as they gave the APC and excellent outing during the last General and State Assembly Election.

The Governor reminded the APC Members that the party during the last election achieved an hundred percent successful and rancour free congresses at all levels because the party faithful were free to participate democratically and were given the free will to make their respective choices and stated that the party membership under his leadership as the Party leader in the State, has increased tremendously which was a testament that the people trusted his leadership promising not to disappoint such trust.

However, the Governor pointed out that any individual who has indicated interest to contest in the primaries should be free to do so, as the party was an attractive winning team but assured that none of them could defeat him, asking that Party Stakeholders should not cast aspersions on such persons as such platform would allow the party to further increase its large membership base.

Bello said the State has always preached a message of inclusiveness and oneness notwithstanding party, ethnic or religious differences stating that anyone who wished to contest with him at the primaries should not be seen as an enemy.

The Governor similarly advised that as the State progress into the era of politics, party members should ensure they maintain decorum and should not be abusive to any opponent or their supporters and should reply them with facts when they come out to tell lies. 

The party at the meeting adopted an indirect form of primaries ahead of the November 16 Guber election.