5th January, 2022
By Lizzy Okoji
Governor Yahaya Bello on Tuesday said he has accepted calls on him by different groups to contest for the presidency in 2023, with promise that he will not disappoint Nigerians.
Bello spoke when some women from Nigeria’s 19 Northern States under the aegis Yahaya Bello Network (YBN) declared their support for his 2023 presidential ambition of Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi.
Speaking to the women at the Kogi State Governor’s Lodge, Abuja, Bello appreciated the group for seeing him worthy to be the right person to take over from Buhari in 2023.
Bello said he has conceded to their contest for President in 2023, promising not to fail them.
“I am very happy to receive you women today, and you are the first group I am receiving in 2022, calling on me to run as President.
“Since last year, a lot of groups have been calling on me to run for President and today, I have accepted your call and I promise not to disappoint you and all of Nigerians,” he said.
Bello said just as his administration has led for a united Kogi, he would also ensure a united, safe and secured Nigeria.
Earlier, Hajiya Hadiza Ahmed, the Chairperson of the YBN, had said of all those that have shown intentions to run for President in 2023, Bello is their preferred choice considering all his achievements as governor of Kogi.
Ahmed said that the achievements of Bello and seeing him as the best person to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 have prompted a lot of Nigerians and the YBN urging him to contest for presidency.
She said that Bello has shown good leadership in his state which can be seen across all sectors.
She also applauded Bello for being the most youth and women friendly governor in the country, which has earned him a lot of international and national recognitions and awards.
“We are here to call on the Executive Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency, Gov. Yahaya Bello, to answer our call as a youth to be our next President in 2023.
“Bello understands the needs of youth and women because he interfaces and work with them.
“Under his administration, youths and women are very involved, which is what we want to be brought to the national level, because that is what Nigerians are also clamouring for in 2023.
“The example has already been set in Kogi State and we are sure he will do it when he becomes President in. 2023.