The Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has said that the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari along with his running mate, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, marks the watershed moment of the 2019 General Elections, and in particular, the Presidential and National Assembly Elections.
The governor who regretted the pockets of violence which trail the election in Kogi State, said that the people and government was not deterred and urged the people not to loos focus.
Governor Bello however maintained that institutions and individuals who orchestrated the violence would be made to face the wrath of the Law
The statement which reads in parts said “It is my privilege to address you on this most momentous occasion.
” A few hours ago, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR reelected for another term in office.
“I thank the great people of Kogi State for their massive turnout and peaceful conduct during the Presidential and National Assembly Elections. This amply demonstrates your commitment to the democratic process characterised by free and fair elections.
“We as Government have done our best to complement your aspirations by placing the credibility and integrity of the electoral system above any desires to win every contested seat, and by all available means.
“Despite initial teething pains and some malignancy in the campaigns, we did our best to provide the secure and conducive atmosphere needed by our people to exercise their franchise freely.
“In the end, the good people of Kogi State spoke loud and clear that despite any shortcomings, Government at state and federal levels have acted substantially in line with their mandate. Vox populi, vox dei.
“The voice of the people is the voice of God. Our people have resoundingly insisted that while Change must now make way for Progress, the All Progressives Congress (APC) still remains their preferred driver for the journey ahead.
“As a government, we have been forced to function with only one federal legislator in the entire state, so the outcomes of these elections is a great victory and a precious gift to us by you. By your votes, you have improved our abilities to function well as a government by giving us a majority of the elected federal legislators. It will now be easier for what belongs to us to be harnessed in Abuja and brought home for the benefit of our communities.
“I am saddened by the pockets of violence which marred the elections in some constituencies and led to loss of lives and properties. I am particularly pained by the death of Mr. Daniel Usman who came out to exercise his civic duty to vote only to have his life cut short by a stray bullet at Anyigba. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and to all those who may have suffered unjustly in any other manner.
“Most significantly, I also give them my word that we will ensure they get justice by getting to the roots of the problems and bringing all perpetrators to book.
“We will ensure that legal action is taken against individuals and institutions which prevented or disrupted the conduct of elections in some polling units across the state. Our stated objective of zero tolerance for crimes and insecurity remain intact, thus we cannot condone such recklessness or neglect to punish them.
“As we prepare for the State Assembly Elections on March 9, we again urge our people to troop out en masse and cast their votes. It will help the conduct of government business greatly if our people can also help us again by voting people at all state constituencies who will not delay or totally derail the business of government with unnecessary party politics. Nevertheless, we reiterate that our primary commitment is for everyone to come out and vote their choice with any form of duress.
“We once again thank our people for coming out to vote. We especially thank those who voted for us for recognising our efforts to carry out difficult reforms, to empower them, to educate their children properly, to provide critical infrastructure, to secure their lives and properties, provide better healthcare and to return their priorities to the heart of government in Kogi State.
“The ball is once again in our court to reciprocate this vote of confidence with good governance. While it is true that not all the seeds of reforms which we have planted has matured, we undertake to make sure that the hard farming season now makes way gradually for the seasons of harvest and plenty.
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