Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has declared his intentions to run for the office of president in the upcoming 2023 general elections.
The Governor made the declaration at the Eagles Square in Abuja on Saturday 2nd of April, 2022.
In his declaration speech, Governor Bello promised to build on the legacy of President Muhammadu Buhari by creating 20 million naira millionaires in the country by 2030.
Referring to a BBC report, Governor Bello said 100 million Nigerians lived under extreme poverty during the PDP administration. “According to a BBC report of February 13, 2012 over 100 million Nigerians live in extreme poverty during the People’s Democratic Party (PDP),” he said.
“In 2018, with APC in the saddle that figure has dropped to about 87m people yet Nigeria overtook India as the poverty capital of the world. Just this month, Nigeria through the effort of the President relinquished the title back to India and brought down the figure to about 70m people.
“It is therefore clear that our path to national prosperity lies in pulling millions of Nigeria out of poverty.
“The Buhari administration has a target of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by the year 2030. A Yahaya Bello presidency will have an additional target of creating 20 million naira millionaires by the same year 2030 with the aim that each of them will empower five other citizens.”
Dignitaries including Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Idris Wase, Kogi State Deputy governor, Edward Onoja and former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode among others were present at the declaration.
Governor Bello also announced the appointment of Hafsat Abiola, the daughter of the late Moshood MKO Abiola as Director-General of the Yahaya Bello presidential campaign.