…The Governor’s Chief of Staff Yahaha Bello enters the race

Omeiza Ajayi, Abuja

The NWC National Labor Committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, led by Senator Abdullahi Adamu, has unveiled its schedule and schedule of activities for the gubernatorial primary elections in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi states later this year. .

Accordingly, the Kogi State Governor’s Chief of Staff, Pharm. Abdulkareem Jamiu Asuku, over the weekend, stormed the ‘Buhari House’ National Secretariat of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC ahead of the gubernatorial primary election scheduled for April 10.

Addressing reporters after choosing his forms, Pharm. Asuku, who thanked the governor for first appointing him as Director General of Protocol in 2016 at the age of 32, said if it were not for the constitutional term limit, the Kogi people would have asked Governor Bello to continue in office. can.

“At the age of 32, I was appointed in February 2016 as DG of Protocol before becoming Chief of Staff in 2019.

“If it weren’t for the eight-year constitutional term limit, the people of Kogi state would have allowed the governor to continue his good work in the state,” said Asuku, who was accompanied by Information Commissioner Kingsley Fanwo. his counterpart in Water. Resources, Abdulmumuni Danga, former presidential hopeful, Adamu Garba and others.

“Nigerians, friends and supporters of Kogi in general, will attest to His Excellency’s leaps and bounds that there have been jobs, infrastructure development and most of all, we enjoy security.

“Of course, constitutionally, the governor can only serve two eight-year terms or else the Kogi people would still have asked him to continue serving. The governor’s second term is about to end and another election will be held for the Kogi people to choose who will rule them. I present myself to serve and consolidate the numerous achievements of his Excellency, Yahaya Bello. Consolidate security, infrastructure development, the inclusion of women and the full inclusion of the new leadership administration. Her administration has achieved more than 40 percent inclusion of women and this requires consolidation. And more importantly, his God fearing style of government. He has taken development to the nooks and crannies of the Kogi state. Today, we are not talking about politics of ethnicity and religious affiliation, we are looking for who can bring development. I served as the Chief of Staff of this administration and has been referred to by many as the administration’s engine room. I think it is better to choose a man who is part of His Excellency’s God-fearing administration,” she added.

When asked about his plan for Kogi State’s largely young population, the Chief of Staff said; “Young people are in charge in Nigeria today and that is why someone like me can come and pick a form to run for governor at the age of 39. Asking about what I have for the young is not a question at all. When we get there, the young people will see themselves.”

Meanwhile, the party said it will hand out free nomination forms to all female governor hopefuls and disabled PWDs.

However, they will pay for the expression of interest form.

The schedule of activities and schedule for the gubernatorial election in Imo, Kogi and Bayelsa states, released by the party’s Organization Directorate and signed by the Secretary for National Organization, Alhaji Sulaiman Muhammad Argungu, showed that the nomination form amounts to N40 million, while the expression of interest attracts a payment of N10 million.

The schedule also showed that young people between the ages of 25 and 40 will enjoy a 50 percent discount on nomination forms, while full payment will be made for the expression of interest form.

The details showed that the sale of forms began on Wednesday, February 15 and would end on Wednesday, February 22, while the last day for submission of completed forms and attachments is also set for Wednesday, February 22.

The pre-selection of applicants is invoiced from Friday, March 24 to Sunday, March 26, 2023. The publication of the results of the pre-selection is scheduled for Tuesday, March 28, while the pre-selection call is made on March 29 .

The 2023 gubernatorial elections in all three states will be held on November 11, 2023.