Kogi Delegates send strong message to Amaechi
Rotimi Amaechi, the former governor of River State and a presidential candidate for the All Progressive Congress (APC), was surprised on Friday evening when delegates from Kogi State told him flatly that they would not vote for him.
Ameachi and his entourage, which included former Army Chief General Buratai, were in the state courting delegates ahead of the party’s presidential primary.
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Ameachi, speaking at the government House in Lokoja, urged delegates to persuade Governor Yahaya Bello to abandon his desire for the sake of elderly people like him.
He claimed that while Bello was qualified to run for President, he was still young and that he should make way for him to become the party’s flag bearer.
“I’ll be visiting 28 states in total.” I can no longer be considered an APC candidate because I am now the front-runner.”
“I was Speaker at the age of 34, Governor at the age of 42, and a minister in my early 50s,” Ameachi said, claiming that he earned the ticket ahead of other candidates. I have the necessary qualifications to govern Nigeria.
“As a previous chairman of the Speakers Forum and two-term Chairman of the Governorship Forum, as well as my experience as the Presidential DG campaign, I have what it takes to lead a country like ours.”
The delegates, through the State’s Deputy Governor, Edward Onoja, responded that the state had already chosen a candidate and that there was no way they could assist Ameachi.
“Kogi is a loyalty state.” At the federal level, we are 100 percent faithful to President Muhammadu Buhari, and at the state level, we are 100 percent loyal to Governor Yahaya Bello.
“The governor is both youthful and experienced enough to be Nigeria’s president.” We are unable to help. As a state, we are too loyal, and we only vote for one guy, Governor Yahaya Bello.
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Onoja, on the other hand, asked Ameachi to pay a visit to the governor and consult with him, claiming that only Governor Bello can steer the delegates in the right way.
He said, however, that the state remained an APC stronghold and that the party would win the national election next year.
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