The Director-General of the Yahaya Bello Presidential Campaign Organisation, Hafsat Abiola, has revealed that she accepted to lead the Presidential campaign of Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello because he possesses the qualities needed to take Nigeria to its right destination.

The daughter of late Chief MKO Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 Presidential election, stated this while speaking on Arise TV interview on Sunday.

Recall that Bello on Saturday formally declared his candidacy for the 2023 presidency in the presence of mammothcrowd in Abuja.

According to Hafsat, one of the similarities between her late father and Bello is their refusal to have political godfathers and that’s what is responsible for the “persecution” the Governor faced by different interests and the controversies around his administration.

Hafsat expressed confidence that Bello would clinch the ticket of the All Progressives Congress, APC, irrespective of the zone of the National Chairman.


“Nigerians must be given the free hand to choose their leaders. That is the meaning of democracy. My father did not contest to represent zoning interest. His interest was Nigeria and Nigeria alone,” she said.

She added that another similarity was that the late MKO believed in a United Nigeria, just like Bello, noting that he also treated everyone around him with respect regardless of their social standing.

“These are the same qualities I have seen in Governor Bello. He dared to contest, not minding that he was from a minority tribe in Kogi and won, and he has come out again. My father did the same, when it was believed that a Yoruba man could not be President.”

“Yahaya Bello is the best man for the job. And you know me, I’m not driven by pecuniary considerations. I do what I believe in. In the next seven weeks, we would be working hard, and when we emerge, we will deliver a Nigeria of our dreams,” Hafsat said. 

She said her father would have been happy to see that a young, courageous man like the Governor had done everything to bring back his Hope ’93 in Hope ’23, with the same person that did the manifesto on board – Senator Jonathan Zwingina.

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