Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has been endorsed for second term in office by former Minister of Police Affairs Gen.David Jemibewon, a former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Bayo Ojo (SAN) and 14 leaders of Kogi West Elders Forum (KWEF).
They said their decision followed talks between the governor and the forum.
According to them, they opted to back Bello based on his pledges to protect lives and property; pay workers’ salaries and to complete all ongoing projects in Kogi West District.
Those who have endorsed Bello are Gen.David M. Jemibewon (Rtd); HRH Gen. Abdullahi B Mamman Rtd; HRH Alh Idris A. Yusuf Tawari; Vice Admiral Ajayi Joseph (Rtd); Gen. J.O.S Oshanupin( Rtd); Chief Engr. Funso Ako; and Dr. Oluwayomi David Atte.
Others are Col. Olusegun Oloruntoba (Rtd); Dr. Tunde Arosanyin; Chief James O. Awoniyi; Chief Bayo Ojo SAN CON; Chief Benjamin Taiwo; Chief Funmi Bodunde; Dan D. Kunle; Alh Isiaq Ajibola and Deinde Abolarin.
The communique of the elders reads: “Consequent upon the sensitisation of the views of critical stakeholders in the District and subsequent meeting with the Governor of the State, His Excellency Alh Yahaya Bello, at the Kogi state liaison office on Sunday, October 7, 2019 in Abuja, the Kogi West Elders Forum (KWEF), a body of non-partisan community leaders which comprises accomplished individuals in their various fields, has reviewed the current political, social and economic developments in Kogi West Senatorial District of the State and hereby issues this communiqué.
“The group drew inference from decisions taken at its preliminary meetings which largely pointed to the fact that the government of Kogi State and the people of Kogi West Senatorial District needed more collaborative effort and a marshal plan to advance the interest of the district with whoever is elected as the next governor of the State on November, 16, 2019.
“Consequent upon the above and arising from the deliberation between the governor and the Forum, we hereby adopt the following resolutions:
“That the Forum will, going forward, engage in regular interactions with the government in order to achieve the aspiration of the people of Western Senatorial District.”