A political support group, championing Governor Yahaya Bello for President, has distanced the Kogi State governor from campaign posters which have surfaced in social media.
The posters paired Governor Bello and Femi Fani-Kayode as presidential and vice presidential candidates ahead of the 2023 election.
The campaign posters also have the All Progressives Congress logo engraved on them with the inscription : “Yahaya and Femi 2023.”
But a statement by Salihu Magaji, National President of the Nigeria Youth Awareness Group – Yahaya Bello 2023, , said the governor had no prior knowledge of the purported materials or having any link with the group or individuals behind the posters.
He said: “Our attention has been drawn to posters and flyers designed with Governor Yahaya Bello campaign posters with Femi Fani-Kayode, former minister of aviation. The pictures are being circulated o n social media, and were also published by online medium campaigning for 2023 presidential ambition and vice President on their behalf”.
”We want to state categorically that Governor Bello has no prior knowledge of that, neither the group nor the individuals behind the posters and flyers are known to His Excellency.
”His Excellency as a responsible governor who is very sensitive to the plight and wellbeing of the citizens cannot and will not support that kind of premature intentions especially at this crucial moment ,everybody knows in politics there is procedure for everything, Vice president are normally pick after successful primary election, but how can Femi Fani Kayode that joins APC two days ago can have a joint ticket with respected democratic examplary leader Yahaya Bello without following due procedures it is not possible. ”
”We want to inform all supporters of Yahaya Bello to remain calm and focus and to understand that Governor Bello has no knowledge of the posters ”
”The 2023 is in the hands of the Almighty God, who is indeed the benefactor of each of His own dear ones, who alone can enthrone and dethrone and we are praying to almighty Allah to give Yahaya Bello the opportunity to become nexr president of Nigeria. ”
Magaji urged the people not to allow anybody or group to mislead them in using the name of Yahaya Bello to achieve their political goals.