Yahaya Bello’s Ebira kinsmen have withdrawn their support for the second term bid of the Governor of Kogi state.
The governorship election in Kogi State is expected to be conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission in November 2019.
The Ohinoyi of Ebiraaland, Abdul Rahman Ado Ibrahim, made this known while speaking with Daily trust Newspapers.
According to Ibrahim, Bello’s relationship with Ebira people is a bit dented because he has more relationship with the Igala people, who are leading him in government.
He added: “And they (Ebira) are the people I am now talking to so that they will have a change of mind and vote him back.
“I’m really trying to get my people to support his second term, but I know that they don’t want to hear me say that.”
Ibrahim said that Governor Bello is being misled by money and “extremely wrong people around him”.
Ibrahim said Bello has lost the goodwill of the people and it would be difficult to convince them to vote him for a second term in office.
According to him, Bello does not listen to the counsel of traditional leaders “but he gave more time to those who idolize him”.
Ibrahim said: “So there is this issue of the boy not knowing what he should do because he has extremely wrong people around him. Bello is a nice young man and highly intelligent; that is why I recommended him at that time.
“People said I was supporting Bello because he is my cousin. Well, partly, that could be one reason. Two, he had money to do it, and that money is what has misled him so far.
“A good person should always put money aside and put reality in the front. Money should just be a palliative anytime you need it.
“The governor did not allow traditional rulers to advise him. I haven’t sat with him to advise him on issues that are required to stabilise the peace of the people. I think I should advise him on policy issues, but he gave more time to those who idolize him. He is enjoying that.”