Gov. Yahaya Bello picks Edward Onoja as running mate for Kogi Election


Kogi Guber: Yahaya Bello dumps Deputy Governor, picks Edward Onoja as running mate


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

Bello submitted Onoja’s name to the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Abuja last week after his public fallout with his Deputy, Simon Achuba.

The governor’s aides confirmed this in a messages. He said;

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 “Yes”, before providing a link to one of the social media pages of the Chief of Staff.

Recall, Bello emerged the APC’s flagbearer almost two weeks ago.

He won the primary conducted in Lokoja, the state capital on Thursday by 3,127 votes.

A total of 3,596 delegates were accredited.

“The chief of staff is the running mate of His Excellency in the forthcoming election. An official announcement would be made soon,” the governor’s aide told The Cable.

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

According to reports, the 49-year-old Onoja was Yahaya Bello’s Chief of Staff before being appointed his running mate ahead of the Governorship election.

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It was further learnt that the relationship between Bello and Onoja who sought the ticket of the former All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) for a house of assembly seat in 2011, predates his emergence as Kogi State’s Governor in 2019.



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