GOVERNOR Yahaya Bello has cleared the controversy on his relationship with the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the November 11 election, Usman Ododo, saying they are not cousins.
According to the governor, contrary to the propaganda by the opposition political parties in the state, he has no blood relationship with the candidate who, he said, emerged based on merit, through a keenly contested, free and fair election.
He also said that since ethnic sentiments had set the state back for 19 years, “we must break away from that for competence.”
Bello made the clarification at the third edition of the ‘Governor Yahaya Bello Seminar for Political and Crime Correspondents/Editors’ in Abuja, with the theme, ‘Fight against insecurity: Achieving results in a challenging environment: The Kogi example.’
Bello said, “Ododo has endeared himself to the people of Kogi. How can you be the most popular candidate, positioned to win and still instigate violence?