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Kogi Gov Bello warns APC of consequence if excluded from Presidential Primary

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Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello on Tuesday has warned that efforts to exclude him from participating in the ongoing presidential primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) will plunge the party into crisis.

The governor issued the warning while briefing State House correspondents in Abuja after meeting with President Mohammadu Buhari, saying that the northern governors did not consult him when a resolution was reached for power to be rotated to the southern region.

According to the Kogi governor, the only thing that could make him not contest the presidential primary is only if President Muhammadu Buhari tells him to step down.

Bello said that the APC will retain power at the centre if only it plays by the rules.

“I am a unifier; I have demonstrated that severally in my state, I have demonstrated that severally in the various tasks that I was given by the party,” Bello said.

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“Nobody consulted me over the decision that they (northern governors) took. I will rather say that they were railroaded by certain interests who want to be VP at all costs.

“Today is the special national convention of our party where a presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) will emerge. Leading up to today, there has been various controversies and issues before you.

“Certain videos went viral that I got angry and left a particular meeting. This is a period where a lot of lies, and misconceptions will fill the air. Then we have our father, the leader of our party, who should always know the reality or the truth and I came to brief him on exactly what happened. That is what happened.

“Some of my colleagues led by the self-acclaimed leader of them ganged up to suppress the voice of the people. The voice of over 26 million Nigerians, the voice of the women, the voice of people living with special needs, the voice of the choice of the party, that is exactly what I revolted against.

“I remain the leading candidate into this general election and I decided to leave the meeting where such concoctions were ongoing, that’s exactly what happened. I wouldn’t mention a name because I am honourable enough.

“The office I occupy today is an office that should be dignified and I have respect for elders even if some elders don’t respect themselves, so I wouldn’t mention names.”

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