The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, has joined the 2023 Presidential race.
The Governor made the declaration at the Eagles Square in Abuja weekend. While giving his speech, the Governor said he would build on the legacy of his principal, President Muhammadu Buhari, by creating 20 million naira millionaires in the country by 2030.
“According to a BBC report of February 13, 2012, over 100 million Nigerians live in extreme poverty during the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) era,” Bello said.
“In 2018, with APC in the saddle, that figure has dropped to about 87m people, yet Nigeria overtook India as the world’s poverty capital. Just this month, Nigeria, through the effort of the President, relinquished the title back to India and brought down the figure to about 70m people.
“It is therefore clear that our path to national prosperity lies in pulling millions of Nigeria out of poverty.
“The Buhari administration has a target of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030. A Yahaya Bello presidency will have an additional target of creating 20 million naira millionaires by the same year 2030 with the aim that each of them will empower five other citizens.”
Speaking on insecurity, Governor Bello said he would never tolerate non-state actors who take up arms against the nation.
“But I will be willing to listen to all sides and address all agitations fairly, especially those borne out of genuine imbalances in the treatment of citizens by the system. I will stop the existential mistreatment of any people among us.”
Present at the declaration ceremony was Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Idris Wase, Kogi State Deputy Governor Edward Onoja and former Aviation Minister Femi Fani-Kayode, among others.
Meanwhile, Hafsat Abiola-Costello, daughter of late Moshood Abiola, was named the Director-General of the Yahaya Bello presidential campaign.