Nigeria will be safe when politicians stop using bullies – Yahaya Bello – Punch Newspapers

Kayode Oyero

Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello says Nigeria will be a safe place to live when politicians stop using thugs and criminals during elections.

“When politicians start stopping the use of bullies, advertisements or some group of criminals, then we will start having security and safety in our country,” the governor said on Wednesday, adding that the bullies used and thrown by politicians transformed into “elections.” a monster with a hydra head ”and criminal elements that are now terrorizing Nigerians.

Bello also said contrary to what is in public, he won the governor’s poll on November 16, 2019 without the use of ‘boys’ or bullies.

The governor, who was re-elected last year on the platform of the Congress of All Progressives, said political violence in Kogi was the norm before he came to power, but “refused to play such a dangerous or unnecessary policy” when the committee came as governor of the north. -central states.

The governor spoke Wednesday as he performed at Sunrise Daily TV Channels the program follows PUNCH.

He said, “When I boarded the ship, I inherited a state that was divided into several lines. To then strive to be anything political in the state of Kogi, you have to have what we call ‘boys’ or bullies or commercials, and then use it to intimidate people during political betrayals.

“When the political exercise is over, the so-called boys, bullies or pedestrians would be abandoned and then left to fend for themselves, and thus they multiply into something else or a monster with a hydra head, which you will not be able to restrain at the end of the day. There are several histories and data on this throughout the country.

“But I refused to play such a dangerous or unnecessary policy when I boarded the ship. My rise to office is known to everyone in the world. I immediately chose my path and decided to deal with criminals, regardless of political affiliation, using the laws passed by the Kogi State House and the existing security architecture. “

Election observers said that the elections for the state administration of the state of Kogi on November 16, 2019, were marked by violence and bloodshed.

PUNCH reported that Acheju Abuh, who was the leader of the women in the pre-election organization of the candidate for governor of the People’s Democratic Party, Musa Wada, was burned alive by suspected thugs in her house during the election.

The United States government subsequently imposed visa restrictions on some individuals because of their actions during the November 2019 Kogi elections.

But speaking Wednesday, Bello, who described the U.S. visa ban as unfair and unacceptable, said he won the re-election without deploying political thugs.

He said, “I won the free election. The police, DSS, army and all law enforcement agencies have their facts. Don’t listen to the things that trade there. When I see these things, I just laugh and say how I wanted them to come to Kogi State to see for themselves.

“There was no time in my campaign for any of my followers to get involved in destroying billboards, signposts or state government installations, before, during and after the election.”

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He further said that the killers of the PDP leader would be brought to justice.

“Some people may allude to the unfortunate incident that led to the death of the PDP leader in one of the local governments. The investigation is still ongoing and I have promised to process the case until a letter to prove who I am. The information there is completely incorrect, “the governor said.