BY JULIET EKWENUGO
As permutations and consultations are gaining momentum ahead of his 2023 general elections, the Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello on Sunday visited the Emir of Zazzau, Ambassador Ahmed Nuhu Bamali as well as the Chairman, Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Professor Ango Abdullahi all in Zaria and rubbed minds with them.
The Governor who arrived Zaria with large entourage first drove straight to the Emir’s palace where he had a closed door meeting with the royal father which lasted for over one hour.
Shortly after a meeting with the Emir, the presidential hopeful drove to Professor Ango’ s house in Zaria GRA where he equally had a private audience with the leader of the Northern Elders.
Fielding questions from newsmen shortly after the two separate meetings, governor Bello have an insight as to why he was in Zaria, “My visit to Zaria today is like homecoming, they raised me, educated me, tutored me, nurtured me before unleashing me to serve in Kogi state. I’m here to pay homage. We are on consultation, Nigerians are calling on me to serve, so I have to consult my father who is versed in history.
“So during our meeting, we rubbed minds as father and child and as a leader, a peacemaker, a unifier who is passionate about the country, he gave his advise and blessings accordingly.
On his part, Prof. Ango said, “Governor Yahaya Bello is like a son to me, his uncle is a friend and classmate of mine of almost 70 years. I would be surprised if he is in Zaria and for campaign or any other thing and he did not visit me.
“He is here to tell me about the mission which he has started, the mission of seeking for Nigerians’ vote to become president of Nigeria. In summary he is here on consultation and as an elder, I bless him and wish him well”.
Speaking on his visit to the Emir, Governor Bello said, “this period marked one year on the throne of the Emir of Zazzau and we used the opportunity to congratulate him. Zaria is my home, we are friends and neighbours, I couldn’t come during his inauguration, I was represented so today I’m here to congratulate him and rub minds with him also”.
Although the Governor did not speak about his presidential ambition, his posters flooded the streets of Zaria while some youths where seen with banners of his pictures with write up declaring supports for him.