Yahaya Bello, the governor of Kogi State and a presidential aspirant for the All Progressives Congress, claims that his government has made 2,000 individuals wealthy in the state.
Bello stated if elected president, he will bring 100 million Nigerians out of poverty, speaking at the ‘Second Annual GYB Seminar for Nigeria’s Political and Crime Correspondents’ in Abuja on Friday.
“If you look to my [presidential declaration] address, I pledged that I would expand on what Mr. President promised of pulling no less than 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by the year 2030, which is around seven years from 2023,” he stated.
“The inquiry will be, ‘What have you accomplished in Kogi State, and how many billionaires have you created?’
“I would tell you that within the constraints of our resources, we have been able to create no less than 2,000 millionaires in Kogi State in this short period, despite different problems and demands on our resources.”
“Before you can be considered a millionaire, you don’t have to be [Aliko] Dangote. Our administration has established an atmosphere in which if you have N1 million, you should be able to multiply it.”
Regardless of the mechanism used by the party to pick the candidate, the governor expressed confidence that he would win the ticket.
“The APC is still the party that will produce Nigeria’s next president,” he stated. APC is an extremely significant company. It’s not about zoning or not zoning; it’s about who will lead the party and bring it together.
“The party is aware of the nation’s body language.” The APC is well aware of the desire for a youthful President who would build on President Muhammadu Buhari’s achievements. The party understands who will turn our country’s fortunes around.
“If consensus is the only choice, then so be it. Yabaya Bello is the guy to defeat in either direct or indirect primary. We need to get rid of our feelings. It’s time to bridge the religious divide and strengthen the bond.
“I am the one who would advocate a new Nigeria in which feelings are no longer important.” We want to make sure that under our presidency, the language you speak, your religion, and where you originate from don’t matter.”