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#KogiDecides2023: Electoral violence a creation of the media – Yahaya Bello

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Gunmen in military uniform attacked Yahaya Bello - Kogi Government

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has debunked reports of electoral violence in his state, claiming they are the creation of the media.

Bello who was speaking shortly after casting his ballot at his Agaza country home in Okene on Saturday, also awarded pass marks to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Security agencies, and the residents of Kogi state for ensuring peaceful conduct at the election.

“You have seen for yourself how peaceful we have been conducting ourselves since voting started; that shows that the adverse Security image being peddled by the outside world is a creation of the media and a figment of the imagination of those who do not want anything good in our state,” the governor said

He added, “The new direction administration I headed has decimated all security challenges that were the order of the day before we came on board; right now there is nothing like Boko Haram in the state, and people can now sleep with their eyes closed.

“I am not a violent person; all the elections I have been involved in have been contested up to the Supreme Court, and each time, I have been victorious.”

He expressed confidence that his successor would build on the solid foundations he had laid in the last eight years.

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He urged the people to keep on exhibiting the highest point of orderliness adding, “On arriving at the polling unit, queue up, wait for your turn, cast your vote and ensure that your vote is counted and leave the rest to those in charge.”

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