2023 Presidency: What Makes Bello Different From Other Aspirants | The Guardian Nigeria News
Kogi State Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello will enjoy not one but three significant advantages over other candidates as the race for the 2023 presidential election draws nearer.
One of the most important factors that could fuel Bello’s campaign and quest to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 is the enthusiasm he is currently enjoying with the Medis, especially last year.
Some experts said that if the pen alone could determine the victory for one of the presidential candidates, Governor Bello has a great chance of getting the big wigs on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and also the big opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP.) to defeat ).
Second, the Kogi state governor has demonstrated an ability to lead without ethnic bias and nepotism, as measured by the style he has adopted since taking office as governor in 2015.
A particular quality of his leadership style that Nigeria really needs as a tonic to heal its wounds is the ability to interact with any ethnic group without preference or bias.
In today’s Kogi, where Bello rules, his cabinet is likely the only one in the 36 states where at least one or two members of almost every group have an equal chance to serve and interact with the governor.
Applying this to the situation Nigeria currently finds itself in, where self-determination groups are agitating for the dismemberment of Nigeria, the cry of secession and secessionists will die of natural causes.
One observer said: “Under the leadership of Yahaya Bello, Kogi has been the melting pot of culture, with Yoruba, Hausa, Ibo and other ethnic groups performing our functions with equal access to the governor.
Bello will certainly enjoy the advantage of being a youth as well, which goes with the shouting that the older generation should give way to the youth to take care of Nigeria’s affairs because they (the older generations) believed the country had failed.
In terms of age, too, he is assigned a strong advantage over other participants.
Some experts have also carried out a fact check on who the governor of Kogi is, perhaps he is opportune to rule Nigeria after President Buhari. Is he an ethnic fundamentalist? The results prove otherwise. Can he give appointments due to nepotism? His style of government in Kogi does not justify such a feeling. It was therefore concluded that after President Buhari’s term of office expires in 2023, Nigeria can be safely placed in such hands.
Some political watchers who loved Bello’s style prayed, “May Nigeria not fall into the hands of another person whose quality and understanding of government are below those of Governor Yahaya Bello after the incumbent president.”
Bello is perhaps the only Nigerian governor today who has a cordial relationship with all lawmakers representing the state of Kogi at both state and federal levels. If he can turn the adventure he will give up as president in 2023 into reality, the nice thing would be smooth cooperation between the executive and legislative branches, a privilege Nigeria has hardly enjoyed since its return to civil rule in 1999.
Another standout trait of the incumbent governor of Kogi is his unconditional respect for gender equality, which he has since shown in his administration by giving women equal opportunities to demonstrate their ability to contribute to good governance like men .
And despite all the adversities based on the geopolitical zone (north-center), he remained determined in his ambition.
Bello’s political support base believes that after President Buhari’s term expires, Nigeria will need a young, energetic and intellectual figure like the governor of Kogi state. For them, the zoning arguments should be rejected as no part of the Nigerian constitution recognizes zoning as a requirement for the election of competent hands to administer the affairs of Nigeria.
Bello supporters also believe his tremendous strides and achievements in Kogi state since 2015 are an indication of what he can achieve if given a chance for the presidency. As the number of presidential candidates grows across the country, Bello is already proposing the necessary warm relationship with the media across the board.
Interestingly, the presidential groups of Bello support are geographically dispersed widely across the six geopolitical zones. It is noteworthy that some Christian groups are also involved in the ambitions of the governor of the state of Kogi. This reinforces the understanding that Bello’s political structure includes grassroots, women, youth, religious bodies (Christian / Muslim), professional associations and student associations across tertiary institutions and even secondary schools.
It is worth remembering that a women’s group, Southwest Women Arise for Nigeria (SWWAFON) in Lagos recently extolled the virtues of Governor Bello, identifying him as a role model for the Nigerian government in the field of women integration and for having a large number of Women in politics in the country.
The women, who come from key professions, said Bello deserved the honor of demonstrating through his appointments that society wins when women hold strategic positions in government. They recommended that the current leadership of the ruling APC consider giving him the party’s presidential ticket.
In yet another appeal, a political movement aimed at realizing Bello’s presidential ambitions, PYB Frontiers called on Nigerians to gather around Bello to ensure that he succeeds President Buhari. The group’s chairman, Hans Mohammed, announced that the group has started consultations to ensure the governor receives the APC ticket.
While the women’s group found that Bello’s leadership would provide better opportunities for women, the support group found that the governor of Kogi state has what it takes to tackle insecurity in Nigeria.
They claimed that a Bello-led presidency would be an added asset to Nigeria and Nigerians as it could build on President Buhari’s legacy.
A Christian association under the auspices of the Christian Youth Leadership Network also confirmed that Bello remains the right choice to succeed President Buhari in 2023 Dimension: Effective Leadership and Governance. ‘
Apostle Faith Eches, the convener of the retreat, said that with youth of Bello’s caliber on the saddle, effective leadership and government could change the country’s narratives.
Arc. Bishop Jonathan Maji, senior missionary and director of the Springs of Life Resource Center, said Bello was chosen because he was a role model for leadership in Kogi. According to Maji, Bello has successfully destroyed ethnicity, “patentum” and to some extent nipped insecurity in the bud, a prototype of the Nigerian expression we all dream of. “That’s why the Christian youth came out to support him,” said Maji.
Some observers said Bello would completely de-tribalize a president if he had the opportunity. In his cabinet, Bello has the combination of Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa, Fulani, South-South and others who work as a team on the development of the state. He succeeded in radically uniting the people. And he is expected to repeat this if he is elected president, especially now that Nigeria appears more divided than ever. He recently built on Unity Politics by initiating EBIGO Politics, an acronym taken from the names of the state’s major ethnic groups – Ebira, Igala and Okun.
Guided by the government-created compass he christened New Direction Agenda and updated for his second term, Governor Bello was determined not to play with the well-being and future of the people of the state.
Divided into five thematic areas, the New Direction Agenda, according to the State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Evangelist Kingsley Fanwo, “started a revolution”. Fanwo added that the effects of the revolution are already being felt in all facets of the state