LOKOJA – Dr. Tom Ohikere, a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and a former Kogi State commissioner for Information, has said Governor Yahaya Bello was cruising to victory, adding that he was the man to beat at the November 16 governorship election in the state.
Ohikere stated this in Lokoja on Thursday.
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According to him, “Myself and some elders in the party fell out with the governor on principle. The internal wrangling kept me away. And we tried to avoid confrontation.
“But I am back now to ensure victory for the party. I cannot allow my party to lose the election because of my feud with my brother.
“But the governor’s latest step showed that he has learnt and is making amends. The governor has met the demands of the party’s elders; which is to pay civil servants’ salaries and engage in proper reconciliation with party members.
“The governor has paid the outstanding five months salary arrears and has met with the elders’ demands. Therefore, we have no reasons to be against Yahaha Bello,” he stated.
Ohikere, however, called on the governor to work closely with the party elders to move the state forward.
“Bello is the closest person to Lugard House. The latest reconciliation with the party stakeholders will ensure victory for him. Bello is maturing faster in politics; his second term will be better,” he said.
On Audu/Faleke structure, he said, ‘There is no Audu/ Faleke structure in the state again. Audu is dead, Faleke has returned to Lagos politics, the remaining fractions of the group has scattered; some are with Usman Jibril, others with other parties.
“This is coupled with the fact that two sons of late the Audu, Muhammed and Mona, are at loggerheads, contesting for the same governorship. Let no one deceive us, Audu/Faleke structure is dead in the state,” Ohikere declared.
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