The governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, has said the state is in a mess and called on his opponents to join hands with him to take the state to the next level.
Speaking to State House Correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday at the Presidential Villa,He said his victory at the Appeal Court is a confirmation of a divine ruling by God.
It would be recalled that on Thursday, the Court of Appeal, Abuja division, affirmed the election of Yahaya Bello as the duly elected governor of Kogi State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The appellate court dismissed the appeal filed by James Faleke, a member of the House of Representatives and a deputy governorship candidate under APC for lacking in merit.
In a unanimous judgment delivered by Justice Jummai Hanatu-Sankey, the court held that Yahaya Bello was properly nominated by his party, the APC, in compliance with Section 33 of the Electoral Act 2010, following the death of Abubakar Audu who was the initial candidate of the party at the poll.
Commenting on his victory at the appeal court, Bello said “I thank God for making this possible. The judgment is a confirmation of divine ruling by God. I thank the judiciary, I thank my party, I thank the people of Kogi State and indeed all Nigerians.
“I have extended olive branches to my opponents on several occasions and at this time, I am extending it again to my brother, Hon. James Faleke, to come and let us join hands together to lift Kogi State.
“The state was in a big mess as of the time we came on board. He should join hands with me to save the state from the claws of those who had held it down over the years. “
The Governor assured that the people of the state should henceforth expect development, prosperity and good governance all the way.
“Remember I am on a divine mission and I will do nothing less than to continue to develop the state and to curb corruption, waste and mismanagement and to put the state on developmental map.
On the face off between executive and legislature in the state, he said “there has never been any face off between the executive and the legislature. There has always been misunderstanding in every legislative house and Kogi State is not an exception. As of today, we have one united Kogi Assembly.”