Kogi Poll: Yahaya Bello picks Edwards Onoja as running mate

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Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello

Edward Onoja has been picked as the running mate of Governor Yahaya Bello for the November 16 governorship election in Kogi state.

Governor Bello picked Onoja as running mate ahead of the governorship election in the state.

Onoja is the chief of staff to Governor Bello and he is said to be the most influential member of the governor’s cabinet.

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi has picked Edward Onoja as running mate for the November 16 governorship election in the state.

The Cable reports that the disclosure was made by an aide to the governor who did not want to be mentioned.

Our Agency gathers that Onoja, the chief of staff to Governor Bello, is said to be the most influential member of the governor’s cabinet.

According to an anonymous aide to the governor, the relationship between Onoja and the governor predates the emergence of the governor in 2016.

The aide said: “The chief of staff is the running mate of His Excellency in the forthcoming election. An official announcement would be made soon.”

“Mr Onoja’s name was submitted to the national working committee of the party when His Excellency visited the party headquarters on Thursday.”

“The party will confirm that at the appropriate time.”

Meanwhile, Our Agency previously reported Governor Yahaya Bello on Thursday, August 29, emerged the standard-bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi for the November 16 governorship election in the state.

Bello won the party’s primary with 3,127 out of 3,596 votes cast by the delegates.

A total of 3,596 delegates out of 3,838, were accredited for the primary.

It was learned that ten aspirants were cleared by the APC national working committee to contest in the election.

As the results were being awaited, Justice Abdul Awulu, the vacation judge sitting in a high court in Lokoja, on Thursday, August 29, dismissed an ex parte application to stop the governorship primaries of the APC in the state.

Ruling in the application filed by Mustapha Audu, a governorship aspirant, Justice Awulu, held that the court could stop the primaries by order.