Yahaya Bello, the governor of Kogi State, has vowed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the party’s presidential candidate, will win next month’s poll regardless of how much false information is spread.
When denying rumors that he had abandoned Tinubu’s presidential campaign, Bello said this the day before.
Bello said his support for Tinubu and his running companion, Kashim Shettima, remained constant and undiluted in an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.
According to claims made by a national newspaper, the Kogi State governor withdrew his support for Tinubu because to the shifting political landscape in Kogi.
According to the source, the governor had suspicions that James Faleke, a representative for the Ikeja Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives and secretary of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, may run for Kogi State governor in 2024 on the APC ticket with Tinubu’s support.
In a letter sent to him and signed by Tinubu, the Kogi governor was chosen to serve as the National Youth Coordinator of the Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Council in September of last year.
Bello, however, referred to the story that he was leaving the APC campaign as fake news and urged the appropriate authorities to take action against those who spread it, adding that he continued to be a key mobilizer of young votes for Tinubu.
“There is no smoke without fire, and in this particular instance, I’m sure and the fire is prepared and lit in the air, but, you know, clearly that it cannot be sustained,” he said. “I myself woke up this morning to witness that particular fake news in the air today. It is quite regrettable, and I urge all law enforcement organizations to find those responsible.
The APC Youth Coordinator urged security services, as well as organizations that oversee journalists and media professionals operating in Nigeria, to uphold their obligations and swiftly take action against these individuals.
“The present electoral laws even provide INEC the authority to look into incidents like these and bring the liars to justice. As far as electoral laws are concerned, these offenders must face consequences.
“I’m adequately promising the many millions of Nigerian youths and Nigerians, our supporters both inside and outside of the country, that I would continue to support, mobilize, campaign for, and drive votes for Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu-Shetima, our leader and the flag bearer of our great party, the APC. Of course, considering the demographic I represent and the global context of this election, every Nigerian is aware of it.
In order to avoid legal action, the governor gave the newspaper’s management 24 hours to retract that specific report, apologize publicly, and garner significant media attention.
In a similar vein, the APC’s national publicity secretary labeled the claim as fake news in a statement on Sunday.
“The report is maliciously untrue and a creation of its author and sponsors,” he declared.
“Governor Yahaya Bello, who is the national youth coordinator for the Tinubu-Shettima presidential campaign council, is a solid, resourceful, and dedicated campaigner for our party’s nominee, spearheading a tremendously successful outreach to youth voters across the country,” he continued.