Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has officially joined the 2023 Presidential race, under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC).
The governor who made the declaration at an elaborate event at the eagles square in Abuja on Saturday promised to make 20m Nigerians millionaires by 2023.
The event witnessed the presence of many dignitaries including, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Idris Wase, Kogi state deputy governor, Edward Onoja, former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode among others.
Bello while reeling out some of the plans he has for the country said the 2023 presidential elections is about the survival of Nigeria, adding that he would build on the legacy of president Muhammadu Buhari.
He said having been the governor of kogi state since January 27, 2016, Nigerians should assess his suitability to be president based on his scorecard of performance.
Bello noted that despite the dire challenges facing Nigeria today, no one can deny that President Buhari has given Nigeria the greatest investments in public works, governance, housing and social services since the fourth Republic began.
He added that the present administration has invested in the nation’s national security, saying the war against security maybe taking longer than earlier expected but President Muhammadu Buhari has ensured that we have the resources to overcome the challenges.
According to Bello, since he took office in 2016, he has committed the unpardonable political sin in Nigeria which is the refusal to have godfathers.
He said Nigeria’s next president must posses excellent record in successfully managing diversity, saying his administration has been able to take a polarised kogi and forge into a state that is both diverse and inclusive.
On insecurity, he assured that if elected, he would never tolerate non state actors who take up arms against the nation.
Hafsat Abiola-Costello, daughter of the presumed winner of the June 1993 presidential election, late Moshood Abiola, is to lead the governor’s presidential campaign organisation as its director-general.
Also, the Director General of the M.K.O. Abiola Campaign Organisation and former Senate Deputy Leader, Jonathan Zwingina, has been named the national coordinator of the Yahaya Bello Presidential Campaign.