The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has on Sunday, December 6, declared Yahaya Bello the governor-elect of Kogi state following the supplementary elections held in the state on Saturday, December 5, 2015.
Here are 12 striking things you should know about Yahaya Bello:
- 40 years old Yahaya, was born on the 18th of June, 1975 to the family of Alhaji Bello and Hajiya Hauwa.
- Mr Bello was chosen to replace Abubakar Audu as the Kogi governorship candidate for the supplementary election in the state.
- Bello came second in the August 29, 2015 Kogi APC primaries.
- He hails from Igbirra, Okene local government area in Kogi central senatorial district.
- He attended Local Government Education Authority (LGEA) primary school, Agassa in Okene LGA and finished in 1989.
- Bello 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 did his one year National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) programme at Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) in Abuja.
- He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the same institution.
- He is a businessman and the Managing Director of FairPlus International Ltd. He is also the chairman of Kogi Youth Arise Forum and a member of the Chartered Fellow of Association of National Accountant of Nigeria (ANAN).
- He worked at the Revenue Mobilization and Fiscal Commission where he rose to the position of Assistant Chief Accountant.
- Bello, who went through the “new” 6-3-3-4 education system, is the first product of the 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 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.
In the meantime, INEC has declared that James Faleke remains Kogi deputy governor elect despite the latter publicly withdrawing his participation in the elections. The Cable reports.
Amina Zakari, the INEC national commissioner, declared that Faleke remained Bello’s deputy because his party, the APC, had not withdrawn his nomination even though he had written to the electoral umpire informing it of his intention to pull out of the race.
“Unless the party withdraws a candidate, his letter is not enough, and unless the proper channel is followed which is through the party,” she said.
Faleke was running mate to late Abubakar Audu, and had asked to be declared governor-elect after Audu’s death.
He’d also filed a suit against conducting the supplementary elections. The suit had been rejected.