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Meet Kogi’s Yahaya Bello, the first product of Nigeria’s 6-3-3-4 system to be governor

Meet Kogi’s Yahaya Bello, the first product of Nigeria’s 6-3-3-4 system to be governor
December 06
06:09 2015
Age 40
Birthday June 18
Town Agassa
LGA Okene
Education Accounting, Ahmadu Bello University
Public service career RMAFC (revenue officer, accountant)
Political career New kid on the block
Campaign promise “To move Kogi in a new direction”
Core base Kogi central
Social media 3,833 likes on Facebook
Hobbies Football, boxing, reading, travelling

Yahaya Bello on Saturday won the governorship election of Kogi state after the formality of a supplementary election.

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Bello had inherited the 240,861 votes polled by Abubakar Audu in the November 21 poll, which was declared inconclusive by INEC shortly before Audu died. Idris Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the incumbent, came second with 199,514 votes.

A supplementary election then took place in 91 polling units in 19 local government areas on Saturday and Bello polled an additional 6885 to Wada’s 5363. Final score: APC 247,742, PDP 204,877.

The constitutional crisis is yet to be resolved — there are a couple of cases going to court. Audu’s running mate, James Faleke, believes he should be declared the inheritor of Audu’s votes having run on a joint ticket with him.

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Wada also wants to be declared governor-elect, maintaining that Audu had died with his votes.

Bello is, therefore, Kogi’s governor-elect, pending the legal battles. But how much do you really know about the 40-year-old graduate of accounting?

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The Kogi governor-elect

He was class prefect at 2

Bello was born on June 18, 1975 in Agassa, Okene LGA, to Bello Ipemida Ochi and Hawa Bello Oziohu. The last of six siblings did his primary education at the LGEA Primary School, Agassa, and was made the class prefect from class two all the way to class six when he was appointed head boy.

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He wrote his SSCE in 1994

In 1989, he was enrolled at Agassa Community Secondary School, but changed school five times. He finally settled in at Government Secondary School, Suleja, Niger state, and sat for his junior secondary school certificate examination there. He also did his senior secondary school certificate examination (SSCE) in 1994 at the school.

6-3-3-4 finally produces a governor

Bello is the first product of the 6-3-3-4 education system to be elected governor. The system — introduced in 1989 by the military government of Gen. Ibrahim Babangida — restructured the schooling period from six years in primary, five in secondary and three in university to six in primary, three in junior secondary, three in senior secondary and four in the university.

He is a 1999 graduate

He enrolled for ‘A’ level exams at the Kaduna State Polytechnic in 1995 and got admission into the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria in 1996 to study accounting. He graduated in 1999 — the year Nigeria returned to democracy. He also got a master’s in business administration from ABU in 2004. He became a chartered fellow of the Association of National Accountant of Nigeria (ANAN) at Jos (2002) in 2004.

He did his NYSC in 2001

Bello was posted to the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) in 2002 for his national service — and was retained. He was appointed as revenue officer and was promoted to accountant within a short period. He left as assistant chief accountant. He was heavily involved in stock trading, and his portfolio investments cut across the oil and gas, finance, transportation and agro-related sectors. He is also into real estate.

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He is a Buhari supporter

While Audu worked for Rabiu Musa Kwakwanso in the presidential primary of APC in 2014, Bello gave his own delegates to Muhammadu Buhari, who eventually won the ticket. Bello lost to Audu in the governorship primary, but fortune would later smile on him with the death of the candidate.

And finally, he loves boxing!

His hobbies include reading, travelling, driving and football. And, interestingly, boxing. It is not too clear though if he only likes watching boxing — or if he likes boxing. Whichever way, his hands are now packed with political punches.

7 Comments

  1. Maje
    Maje December 06, 09:08

    Your comment..Wish him a successful tenure

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  2. kokorodudu
    kokorodudu December 06, 10:15

    My mates are now governors, see my life!

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  3. Adoza
    Adoza December 07, 06:55

    congratulations

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  4. Dr Ajoba
    Dr Ajoba December 07, 10:14

    @Kokorodudu, God didn’t forget anyone.It was luck that ran to him,although he tried his best by aspiring to be the governor.The moral lesson there is that we should always make sure we are involved in a positive things all time.Wait and work assiduously for your own time because the God of thy Father is with you.Let this quote be your guild-”Dum spiro, spero.(While i breathe, i hope”.I wish the governor elect goodkluck and i am very proud of my generation.He is equally a heavy weight political champion now.Congrats!

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  5. Ozi-Akande Sunny
    Ozi-Akande Sunny December 07, 17:47

    From the first chat with the press after the declaration of the young man as the Governor-elect of Kogi State, it is interesting to note that he was already considering the reconciliation of all aggrieved parties across the three senatorial zones of the state as of utmost importance and urgency.
    Your Excellency; as you stay focused and not allow political jobbers interject, May God never allow any challenge beyond the scope of your team. AMEN.
    …Ozi-Akande Sunny (Lagos)

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  6. AbdulHafeez Muhammad Yaoco
    AbdulHafeez Muhammad Yaoco December 07, 20:00

    I wish my Generation Governor a successful journey in this new task, kindly prove to the world that Nigeria Youths are intelligent and ready to deliver good governance. God bless you.

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  7. pastor
    pastor December 08, 09:09

    Your comment.. Please, try to carry everybody along in your government. I mean the three senatorial districts of the state. As you stay focus, God will continue to guide you amen.

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