The next Kogi State governorship election is fast approaching and the political gladiators are seeing warming up to take over from Governor Yahaya Bello. Governor Yahaya Bello is on the track of completing his second term in the office of Kogi State governor. There is no more governorship reelection for Governor Yahaya Bello come 2023.
The people of Kogi State are highly anticipating to witness another election that will see any person taking over from Governor Yahaya Bello. There are however some notable politicians who have been identified as possible successor If Governor Yahaya Bello. One from the ruling All Progressive Congress is the current deputy governor of Kogi State, Chief Edward Onoja who is from the Eastern district of Kogi Kogi State. The Igala born politicians is seen as favorite APC politician to fly the flag of the APC in 2023.
On the latter is the former Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Dino Melaye. The Kogi born outspoken politician is one the politician who may wish to succeed Governor Bello and could be the flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2023 poll.
Although, with the look of things, the former lawmaker, Dino Melaye is a favourable candidate who could defeat the State Deputy Governor, Edward Onoja to take over power as the Governor of Kogi state. There are reasons why Dino might succeed in defeating Edward;
Agitation For Zoning
Ever since the creation of Kogi State in 1991, there has never been a single politician from Kogi West to have occupy the position of the state governor. It's apt to note that the three former Governors of the State; late Prince Abubakar Audu, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris, and Captain Idris Wada were all from Kogi East Senatorial District, that is the Igala speaking tribe where the current Deputy Governor, Edward Onoja also hails from.
The current Governor, Yahaya Bello who is from Kogi Central Senatorial District is the first person from another district to have occupies the governor's seat n Kogi State. Right now as next election draw nearer, there have been agitation for the governorship to be zone to Kogi West Senatorial District, so that the people of the district can at least produce the State Governor for the first time after 30years of the creation of the State. It is no doubt that the agitation for zoning will go a long way to help Dino Melaye in defeating Edward Onoja in the forthcoming governorship election.
PDP's quest to win back Kogi State
Senator Dino Melaye and his party, PDP will be up and doing to reclaim the State after the party"s lost of control in 2015. We all know that the PDP controlled Kogi State for several years before the 2015 governorship election. It was the former Governor of the State, Captain Idris Wada of PDP who lost his reelection bid in 2015 that gave APC and Yahaya Bello the chance to take over the State.
The former senator remains one of the most respected politician from Kogi West expected to fly the PDP's flag in the forthcoming Kogi governorship election looking at his political antecedent. All this may go in his favour to succeed Governor Yahaya Bello in 2023 and emerge as the first politician from Kogi West to occupy the Kogi Governor's position.
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