Alhaji Yahaya Bello, popularly called ‘Fair Plus’ has been sworn in as the governor of Kogi state today, January 27.Bello, 40, who won the supplementary election held in the North-Central state on Saturday, December 5, 2015 after the demise of Abubakar Audu was sworn in around 12:26pm by the Kogi state chief judge, Nasiru Ajina.
The event which was anchored by Senator Dino Melaye, the senator representing Kogi west at the Nigerian Senate, witnessed a large crowd.
Before the event commenced, Melaye asked the crowd to observe a minute silence for the late Audu who died last year.
Dignitaries present at the event include the governor of Benue state, Chief Samuel Ortom; his counterpart in Nassarawa state, Alhaji Tanko Al-Makura; Senator Kabiru Gaya from Kano state representing Senate president, Bukola Saraki and Honourable Ahman Aliyu Pategi, representing the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.
Chief John Oyegun, the APC national chairman who spoke at the event, said: “Governor-elect, I wish you the very best of luck. Our prayers are with you, our prayers are with the people of Kogi state.
“May God be with you, may God guide you.”
Meanwhile, a Civil Society Organization and Election Monitoring Group, Conscience Nigeria, has raised the alarm on the alleged plan to replace Honourable James Faleke, the running mate of the late Alhaji Audu, who has been having a running battle with Bello.
According to Senator Lawal Shuiabu, the APC deputy national chairman, North, Alhaji Bello, has the right to choose who to work with.
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