The new Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Adoza Bello, on Wednesday declared his stand against corruption and impunity, saying he was in a hurry to develop the state.
Bello stated this after he was administered the oath of office and Oath of Allegiance as the fourth civilian governor of the state by the state Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajanah.
The governor, however, was betrayed by his emotion, when he burst into tears while remembering his late father and eulogising his mother and recalling the many troubles he faced before he became governor.
The inauguration ceremony was, however, conducted without a deputy governor, as the unwilling deputy governor-elect, James Faleke, boycotted the event in continuation of his stand not to be associated with Bello’s emergence as replacement for late Abubakar Audu, the deceased All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate.
Indeed, Bello’s swearing-in without a deputy governor drew plaudits and criticisms from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and some stakeholders.
The peaceful event was witnessed by a mammoth crowd as the 25,000 capacity Confluence Stadium venue was filled to capacity.