Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has picked his Chief of Staff, Edward Onoja, as his running mate for the upcoming governorship election.
Naija News reports that the Kogi governorship election is scheduled for November 16.
An aide to Yahaya Bello told The Cable that the governor submitted Onoja’s name to the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) during his trip to Abuja earlier in the week.
“The chief of staff is the running mate of His Excellency in the forthcoming election. An official announcement would be made soon.
“Mr Onoja’s name was submitted to the national working committee of the party when His Excellency visited the party headquarters on Thursday,” the aide said.
Onoja is reportedly the most influential member of the governor’s cabinet. Their relationship predates the emergence of the governor in 2016.
Aged 49, the indigene of Emonyoku Ogugu in Olamaboro local government area of Kogi, is a Geologist.
He sought the ticket of the former All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) for a house of assembly seat in 2011.
He was the chief strategist of “Yahaya Bello Campaign Organization” in 2015 and the state director of the Kogi Youth Arise Group, which worked for the success of President Muhammadu Buhari, still in 2015.
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