Kogi Guber: Commissioner, Auditor General Join Governorship Race

Kogi Guber: Commissioner, Auditor General Join Governorship Race

by Victor Ndubuisi

Two members of Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello’s cabinet have entered the governorship contest.

According to news sources, on Monday, the state Auditor General, Ahmed Ododo, and the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Salami Ozigi-Deedat, expressed their desire to succeed Bello.

The two All Progressives Party (APC) chieftains led hundreds of their followers to the APC’s national office in Abuja to purchase the N50m forms.

In an interview with reporters at the APC headquarters, Ododo characterized Bello as “a political leader who has enabled the son of nobody to become somebody.”

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He added that his experience as the state auditor general of local governments has given him an advantage in consolidating Bello’s administration’s successes.

He said, “I want to thank GYB, our leader who has brought us here today. He is our leader, mentor, and governor. He is a leader who has made it possible for the son of nobody to become somebody without consulting anybody.

“GYB appointed me as the auditor general for local governments in 2016 without consulting anybody. Before he came in 2016, an Igala man does not see an Ebira or Okun man as his brother, it was a case where we relate based on tribe, religion and social class but today we see ourselves as Kogites. If I emerge as the candidate of the party, I will continue in the same manner.

“I’m going to consolidate the infrastructural development to ensure that I improve what he has put on the ground. As an auditor, I will continue on our revenue drive and ensure we block the loopholes while exploring new avenues to increase the revenue of the state.

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“We are not here to raise money for APC, and neither is it that we don’t know what to use the money for. Rather, it shows that GYB has raised leaders. We are here to show that the children of nobody can become somebody without knowing anybody. I tried in 1999 to contest for councillor because I don’t know anybody, but today, GYB has made it possible for everyone.”

Also addressing newsmen, Deedat said he believed that the increasing number of Kogi aspirants picking up nomination forms is a healthy competition.


The commissioner also disclosed that he is ready to work with whoever emerges from the poll or through the imposition of his political godfather in a similar fashion, ‘Asiwaju determines who emerges to continue with Lagos development.’

He said: “The fact that we are having so many aspirants that spring from his wings is a clear testament that his excellency is a great leader. I’m a practical politician who believes in the will of God. Whoever emerges, whether by election or the decision of our leader, will be acceptable, and we will work gladly, actively, and assiduously with him to win.

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“Our primary aim is to ensure that our governor chooses his successor. Whoever emerges will work to sustain his legacies and add to them.

“To a very large extent, Lagos state has successfully done that. Asiwaju determines who emerges to continue with the development of the state. In Kogi state, we will not emerge and say we don’t have a leader, GYB will be our leader.

“Let me address the issue of godfather. You can use the word mentor, leader, and godfather. It depends on the nomenclature you want to use, if you call GYB my boss, you will be right because he was the one who appointed me commissioner for water resources in 2016 and later reappointed me commissioner for local governments and gave me the platform to vie for governor today.”


The news comes just two days after Bello’s Chief of Staff, Abdulkareem Asuku, visited the APC secretariat to purchase his candidacy form.

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In addition, the Chairman of the House Committee on Finance and Secretary to the APC Presidential Campaign Council, James Faleke, and the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Smart Adeyemi, are said to have sent emissaries to purchase their forms.


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