Kogi Election: Gov. Yahaya Bello Gets Extra Backing
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State (image courtesy: Kogi Government House)

The candidate of the United Peoples’ Congress (UPC) for the November 16 governorship election in Kogi state, Sunday Abuh, has denied stepping down for Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Concise News understands that UPC chairman in the state, Moses Damisa, had on Friday disclosed that Abuh stepped down for Bello, while stating that the party’s structure collapsed into Bello’s structure, according to NAN.

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Damisa also appealed to the party supporters to vote for Bello, on the claims that Abuh was “not carrying the party along in his campaigns ahead of the election.”

But Abuh, in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen, said that the purported collapse of UPC structure into the APC was “a figment of Damisa’s imagination.”

“The chairman is on his own; the national and state leadership, as well as members of the party, are not aware of his claims,” he said.

“I remain the standard bearer of UPC; all my documents and approvals are intact with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

“UPC members should disregard Damisa’s statement. We are in the race and shall, by the grace of God win the election.

“Inasmuch as I will not like to join issues with Damisa, I want the world to know that the evolution and emergence of UPC among the parties contesting election in Kogi was through my efforts, financially and otherwise.”