The Kogi State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has debunked reports that it has endorsed Governor Yahaya Bello for a second term.
Salam Adejo, Kogi APC Secretary, expressed the position of the party’s State Executive Committee at a press conference on Sunday.
Adejo admitted that the party’s executive committee met with Governor Bello, but insisted that such a meeting did not represent an endorsement for the governor.
According to him, the issue of endorsement was not discussed during the meeting.
Adejo stated that the party’s ticket for the November governorship election remains open to all aspirants under the APC.
He said: “Our discussion ended on the need for peace so that the party could move forward. He said he needed sincere peace and we agreed on terms. There was nothing like an endorsement.
“The governor, at the meeting, requested that the case in court against him be withdrawn.
“We told him there were some processes to be followed. The issue of withdrawing the case is subject to another negotiation.
“We did not endorse anyone and we are not planning to. The party’s ticket is open to everyone in the party.”
Asked whether Governor Bello would be the APC’s candidate on the ballot, Adejo said, “the party has its own criteria on what it wants from a candidate.
“If someone has performed well or is an achiever, it will speak for him.”