The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described yesterday’s swearing-in of Alhaji Yahaya Bello as Kogi State Governor as a comical event, saying Bello is on excursion to the Lugard (Government) House.
Alhaji Yahaya Bello of the All Progressives Congress, APC, took oath of office as Kogi governor without a deputy.
Reacting to the development, the national secretary of PDP, Prof. Wale Oladipo, in a statement, pointed out that Bello did not participate in the overall election to emerge governor.
The statement said: “Yahaya Bello, who cannot claim the overall winning votes in the election is, therefore, a shadow-chasing passerby on an excursion in Kogi State Government House, as the so-called swearing-in ceremony, having no bearing from the votes at election, is at best an APC function.
“The people of Kogi are aware that the man being paraded by the APC is not the person they exercised confidence in at the election as he scored a paltry 6,885 votes in the so-called supplementary election as against the 204,877 votes polled by the PDP candidate, Alhaji Idris Wada, in the overall election.
“However, as a law abiding party, we hereby urge our members and the people of Kogi state to remain calm and not despair over this slap on democracy as the courts would soon deliver justice with regard to the authentic governor with the mandate of the majority at the election”.