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Governor Nasir El-Rufai (Photo credit: Government House)

Governor Mohammed Badaru of Jigawa State and his Kaduna counterpart, Nasir El-Rufai, have been appointed as the head of the APC National Campaign Council for Kogi and Bayelsa States.

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, inaugurated the committee on Friday in Abuja.

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Concise News reports that Governor Badaru was appointed to head the 56-member committee for the Bayelsa election, while El-Rufai heads the 56-member committee for Kogi poll.

Oshiomhole, while speaking after the inauguration, urged all APC governors to be ready to work for the victory of the party.

He stressed that the votes of people, especially, in Bayelsa must count this time for the first time.

The APC chairman described the APC candidate, David Lyon, as the best for the state as he had been fighting and championing Niger Delta interests.

Oshiomhole said: “The people need somebody who understands them and has lived with them. Somebody that even without a story of the dynasty can rise to become governor.

“We know the people of Bayelsa want a change. God’s willing the change will come November 16.

“This time, the votes must count because Bayelsa is not used to vote counting.”

On Kogi, Oshiomhole said the state would be better for it if Governor Yahaya Bello was returned for a second term.

“We are proud of what he has achieved. The benefit of continuity is that it allows to correct errors of the past and improve on your successes.”

Responding, El-Rufai said the committee members would relocate to Kogi to organise and reconcile members.

Also speaking, Badaru who was represented by the Kano governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, said the time was ripe to take over the government in Bayelsa state.

The Independent National Electoral Commission has fixed November 16 for the governorship election in the two states.