President Bola Tinubu has called for the conduct of free, fair and peaceful governorship elections in Bayelsa, Kogi and Imo States.
The President made this known on Thursday while presenting flags to governorship candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the State House in Abuja.
Ahead of the November 11 governorship elections in the three states, President Timubu called on the candidates, politicians and other stakeholders to ensure peaceful and credible polls.
The President presented flags to Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State, who is seeking a second term; former Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, who wants to return as Bayelsa governor, and Usman Ododo, who is seeking to become the Kogi governor.
President Tinubu, in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Chief Ajuri Ngelale, expressed optimism about the party’s chances of victory in the off-season elections,
He noted the hard work and records of the candidates, as well as the collective efforts of party officials, members of the APC National Working Committee, and the APC National Chairman, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje.
Tinubu said the collective efforts of these party men were factors inspiring his optimism in the forthcoming elections.
He said: ”I want to thank the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, who is working hard to ensure a handover to our candidate, Usman Ododo. We are happy to have Hope Uzodinma, the great hope of our party and chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum. Thank you for the good job you are doing.
”Timipre Sylva, congratulations on what you have achieved as a former governor and former minister.
”We are all facing this crusade for democracy, particularly in this time of elections. It is our hope, and we have Hope Uzodinma as a candidate, that we will always come out victorious.
”I want to thank the active national leadership of our party, the NWC, and our hardworking chairman. He is doing a good job, and I thank him very much.”
The APC national chairman, Abdullahi Ganduje, commended the President for endorsing the candidates and for taking time out of his busy schedule to present the flags to them.