Kogi gov poll: Bello picks chief of staff as running mate

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Indications emerged in sunday that Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, had picked his Chief of Staff, Edward David Onoja, as his running mate in the November 16 governorship election.

Bello defeated eight other aspirants to emerge the candidate of All Progressives Congress at the party’s primary on August 29, 2019.

Informed sources told The Punch on Sunday in Lokoja that the APC National Secretariat has cleared Onoja as Bello’s running mate.

Onoja’s picture has been on majority of Bello’s posters in the build-up to the primaries but the candidacy just secured the nodding of the national chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday.

Onoja, a Geology graduate and a former banker has always been a formidable force to reckon with and have been the face of the government headed by Bello.

When contacted, the Director General, Media and Publicity to the Governor, Kingsley Fanwo said he had yet to be briefed.

He, however, said that it may be true as those who were privy to the nomination forms filled by the Governor at the National Secretariat might have leaked the information.

“Anyway, I think it’s true but I have not been officially briefed, ” Fanwo said.

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