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October 17, 20193min810

For their grand endorsement, each of the 45 political parties has been allegedly rewarded with N50 million each by the Executive Governor of the State, Yahaya Bello.

Bello is vying for his second term in a keenly anticipated election amid accusation of lack of performance from the state.

One of the political parties dissatisfied with the sum given by Bello made this revelation under condition of anonymity on Thursday to Daily Mail OnLine.

He alleged that it was initially agreed each would be paid N100 million but wondered why the money was halved.

He mentioned some of the parties that endorsed Bello as Accord Party, Alliance for Democracy, Green Party of Nigeria, Peoples Party of Nigeria, National Conscience Party, Young Democratic Party and Justice Must Prevail Party.

Others are Zenith Labour Party, Peoples Progressives Party, Hope Democratic Party, Africa Action Alliance and Peoples Redemption Party.

These political parties had candidates for the election but withdrew to endorse Bello.

The endorsement of Bello had been announced by the Chairman of the coalition, Mr Sani Teidi, at a press conference on Wednesday in Lokoja, who said that the parties decided to adopt Bello to boost his re-election bid.

Twelve of the parties in the coalition are fielding candidates in the election, while 15 others have no candidates.

The coalition also included 18 political parties that had earlier voluntarily withdrawn from the election to brighten the chances of Bello in the election.

Teidi, the governorship candidate of the Young Democratic Party, had said that Bello did well during his first tenure and as such, deserved a second term to complete the ‘good work’ he had started.

“In addition to effective governance which Bello has provided Kogi State going by various indices of development, he has done the most in our state’s history to eliminate ethnic, religious and class differences among our people,” Teidi said.

When Daily Mail OnLine contacted Dan Nwanyanwu, the National Chairman of Zenith Labour Party, ZLP, he said all he knew was that “Our party does not have a candidate. And if it doesn’t have a candidate, it is free to endorse anybody.

“I am not in Kogi, go to Kogi and ask if it was N50 million or N100 million.

“That’s hate speech. How can you be in Abuja and ask how much was given or was not given. All I am saying is that go to Kogi and find out as a journalist.”

 

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