Governor Yahaya Bello, who has just been elected and certified for a second term as governor of Kogi State has said that he has successfully buried ethnic politics that had defined the state all along.
Speaking to news men today, November 21 after presenting the certificate of return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential Villa, Abuja, Yahaya Bello said that he inherited a state that was largely divided along ethnic lines.
He said that in the Saturday November 16 election, he was able to put that behind the state.
“It has been proved that ethnicity is not the way: that it is a monster that has held the country down and that tore the states apart sometimes.
“By the special grace of God, today in Kogi State, ethnicity has been buried finally. Because, in this particular elections, I won overwhelmingly in all three senatorial districts of Kogi State.”
Governor Yahaya Bello said that he had a lot of task ahead of him and that the journey has just begun.
“I need the cooperation and understanding of every citizen and resident of Kogi state to join hands with me so that we can do more for Kogi State.”
The governor said that before the election he had predicted that the issues of winning the election was not in question but the margin with which he will defeat his opponent, “and that he will have no reason whatsoever to go to tribunal.
“However, going to the tribunal is their right and if they so wish, we will meet in court.
“But I want to use this opportunity to call on all those that contested the elections with me, starting from the Primaries of our party to the main election, all other political parties to please join me. We are all citizens of Kogi State.