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The media has been awash currently with requires the “youthful” Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello to contest for the 2023 presidential election. A name that has assumed nice theatrics on many events.

Main the cost for this name are youths, notably a self styled “Ambassador”, who goes by the title Oladele John Toluhi, who leads a bunch of youths often known as GYB2PYB (Governor Yahaya Bello to President Yahaya Bello), a bunch that issued a 14-day ultimatum to Bello to just accept their demand that he joins the presidential race or they occupy the streets everywhere in the nation till he accepts their demand.

It’s attention-grabbing to notice that Toluhi was the younger man that launched into a stroll from Abuja to Otuoke, the house city of former President Goodluck Jonathan in Bayelsa State in 2015, to honour the previous President after his electoral defeat by President Muhammadu Buhari. Toluhi’s stroll to Otuoke, got here after a northerner had launched into an identical stroll from Lagos to Abuja in honour of President Buhari after he received the election, making his personal street expedition extra of a duplicate.

Apart the decision from the GYB2PYB, there was a collection of actions across the Kogi Governor currently that has given him good visibility and put him within the information continually. There had been awards, notably the gender pleasant award championed by the Nationwide Council of Ladies Societies (NCWS), which means that Bello’s administration is girls pleasant.

One other notable award is the one given by a bunch led by former Tremendous Eagles participant, Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, which named Bello because the ‘Captain and Pillar of Nigerian Youths’.

Asides the awards, Bello has additionally performed host to gamers within the Nigerian leisure trade, particularly Nollywood, who all sang his praises to excessive heavens and described him as the most effective factor to occur to Nigerian youths.

Away from awards and ‘organized’ requires him to throw his coronary heart into the ring of presidential election contest, Bello’s lame duck Home of Meeting has additionally been on the street journey, soliciting the assist of different state lawmakers for his or her governor’s 2023 expedition.

Main the cost is Bello’s errand Speaker, Matthew Kolawole, who has led state lawmakers to Niger and Sokoto states homes of meeting to hunt their assist for Bello.

Expectedly, the governor, in a latest chat with journalists in Abuja, informed the world that he has accepted the problem to contest for the presidency, as a manner of honouring Nigerian youths who’ve been clamouring for him to guide them and by extension, the nation. He additionally disclosed that his formal declaration will happen at a extra auspicious time.

With that, Bello turns into the primary member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to publicly admit making ready to contest for the presidency in 2023, as not even Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, whose ambition is already public information, has come out to confess it.

It’s, nonetheless, instructive to notice that every one the theatrics resulting in Bello’s acceptance of the decision have been mere stage managed occasions to present his ambition a resemblance of in style demand, whereas the gale of awards have been additionally orchestrated to confer some type of credibility on him.

Some analysts have, nonetheless, frowned on the chain of occasions resulting in Bello’s acceptance of the problem, branding them as pointless. In line with some, it’s inside his proper to aspire to the best workplace within the land with out making a lot fuss about it, whereas others say these occasions solely level to the truth that he knew he could not possess what it takes to guide the nation and needed to create a semblance of it.

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Nigerians, from completely different walks of life have, nonetheless, recognized 4 causes the presidential ambition of Governor Bello shouldn’t be taken critically.

Youth shouldn’t be Synonymous with Competence

Governor Bello’s comparatively younger age has been one of many causes superior for the decision for him to contest the 2023 presidential election.

Oladele John Toluhi, throughout one in every of his expeditions, didn’t mince phrases, hinting that his group is asking on Bello to affix the race due to his youthfulness.

He mentioned: “The Nigerian youths have put their assets and manpower collectively and with over 15 million of them signing signatures to ask Governor Yayaya Bello of Kogi State to contest the presidency come 2023.

“We consider that as youth leaders, we owe our nation this responsibility, to make it possible for in 2023, we don’t simply have a president however the president that’s youth minded. We wish to have the president that’s youth and girls delicate.

“We felt that it’s the proper time for Nigerians to have a really feel of what Kogi State is at the moment having. We’re conscious that Kogi State at the moment is the federal government of the youths, by the youths and for the youths.”

Nevertheless, an APC youth chief within the Kogi West Senatorial District, who doesn’t need his title talked about, mentioned brandishing Bello’s younger age as a motive for calling him to contest in 2023 was mistaken. In line with him, Bello has failed to indicate that youth has any position to play in management or competence and efficiency.

“Bello has been a disappointment as a younger governor. We truly thought he could be completely different as a younger man however sadly, he disillusioned even the youths within the state. He has been an excellent disservice to the not too younger to run motion. So these clamouring for him to contest ought to have a rethink.

“Kogi has gone from unhealthy to worse beneath Bello that it might be unthinkable for anyone to be rooting for him to be president. Even if you’re not from Kogi State, you need to have been studying the information of happenings within the state. The one clarification anybody can advance for his or her romance with the GYB2PYB is monetary inducement or gratification. That he’s younger is definitely no achievement or standards for competence”, the youth chief mentioned.

COVID-19 Missives
Governor Bello holds the report as the one governor in Nigeria and excessive rating public workplace holder to publicly dispute the existence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor’s utterances and actions on the pandemic has grow to be a humiliation for even residents and indigenes of the state, a lot that caes suspected to be COVID-19 associated are taken exterior the State for consideration.

Eniola Bello, the Managing Director of Thisday and a fellow Kogite, in a bit in his column, Eni-B, titled ‘Yahaya Bello: The Ugly Face of APC’, mentioned: “Bello’s notoriety for his re-election victory is simply surpassed by his ill-informed response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Because the world response to the pandemic early final yr, he has, constantly forged doubt on the existence of COVID-19, insisted that there have been no infections in Kogi State, annoyed officers of the NCDC (Nigeria Centre for Illness Management) from working within the state, supplanted science together with his opinion, dismissed the need for vaccination, and has refused to put on face masks, besides in fact when he has to go to the State Home, Abuja for his common picture ops with President Buhari.

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“It’s subsequently unusual {that a} governor who, together with his utterances and actions on the administration of COVID-19, has constantly embarrassed the ruling get together might be appointed to chair a committee to drive new membership. With the Kogi governor’s shenanigans, why ought to anybody desirous of a greater nation take the APC critically? If Bello is the face of the brand new APC within the making, that is an unsightly one. That he would even ponder contesting the presidential election in 2023 speaks to how low his ‘political father’ has diminished Nigeria.”

Incapacity to be Tactful
One of many causes superior by analysts why Yahaya Bello should not be taken critically in his newest journey is his incapability to be tactful. This, many mentioned, had led him to speak an excessive amount of, revealed an excessive amount of and precipitated untold embarrassment for self, state and get together in latest occasions.

“Nigeria can’t afford somebody who’s unable to use the breaks, particularly when speaking. Bello talks an excessive amount of and within the course of says issues he isn’t speculated to say. I don’t know if it’s a private downside or that he’s simply making an attempt to play to the gallery.

“Keep in mind a video that went viral the place he was speaking about how a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode approached him on his willingness to affix the APC. He rambled and rambled in that video, which was critically pointless. I wish to consider he ruined no matter settlement he had with Fani-Kayode with all he mentioned. You don’t need to play to the gallery even when making an attempt to shine. Bello is definitely not a Presidential materials”, a political analyst, Segun Fabunmi mentioned in a chat with DAILY POST.

No Antecedents of Seen Achievements

Claims by Governor Bello that those that are clamouring for him to be the subsequent President of Nigeria, needs him to duplicate the successes he has recorded in Kogi on the nationwide stage, has been knocked by even stakeholders within the state and self deception.

An aspirant for the Home of Representatives for Lokoja/Kotokarfe Federal Constituency, Ahmed Sani believes that the Governor by no means meant it when he mentioned so.

“What success does he wish to replicate on the nationwide stage? Is it insecurity, failed roads, failed well being and training sector?

“Bello, so far as I’m involved, doesn’t have any notable achievement to his credit score. The state is getting worse by the day and even Kogites exterior the state are afraid to return house due to insecurity, particularly kidnapping.

“There was no change within the standing of main cities within the state since Bello assumed workplace. Even Lokoja, the state has grow to be worse, wanting extra like a country city. In truth, will probably be protected to say there is no such thing as a authorities in Kogi beneath Bello”, Sani mentioned.

For Adeyemi Enimola, one other Kogite resident in Lagos, Bello is simply taking part in video games together with his purported ambition, including that the governor ought to be smarter than embarking on a futile journey.

“Bello can’t be that daft; he ought to know he doesn’t have what it takes to be Nigerian president. He lacks all the things qualifying high quality, apart that, he’s a Nigerian that has the proper to aspire to any workplace. I actually consider that what he’s doing is merely positioning himself to be seen exterior of workplace, nothing extra. You understand how politicians suppose; he’s already projecting past January 2024 when he leaves workplace as governor”, Enimola mentioned.

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