Who Is Governor Of Kogi State 2020?

Yahaya Adoza Bello, who is one of the youngest serving politicians, is the incumbent governor of Kogi state.

 

BIOGRAPHY

Current Age:45 years

Hometown: Okene

Alma-mater: Ahmadu Bello University

Educational Qualification: Bsc. Accounting

Political Party: All Progressives Congress

Terms In Office: 2nd term running

Deputy: Edward David Onoja

Marital Status: Married to three wives

 

Young Bello was the last of the six children born to the family of Late Alhaji Bello Ipemida Ochi and Hajiya Hawawu Oziohu on 18 June 1975 in Okene, Kogi State.

 

He was admitted to Local Government Education Authority (Nigeria) (LGEA) Primary School, Agassa in Okene LGA in 1984.

Thereafter, he proceeded to Agassa Community Secondary School, Anyava, Agassa-Okene and Government Secondary School, Suleja-Niger State for his junior and senior secondary school education respectively and obtained his Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) certificate in 1994.

 

Finishing that lap of his educational pursuit, Bello got admission into Kaduna State Polytechnic Zaria in 1995 and later, headed to Ahmadu Bello University ABU Zaria, where he earned an accounting degree in 1999 and Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) in 2002.

 

He is the husband to three women; Amina Oyiza Bello (a successful lawyer and co-manager of Bello’s transportation company); Hafi Bello, Rasheedat Bello, who is the newest and first lady.

 

Bello is a sports enthusiast.

 

CAREER

Prior to his political career, Bello was into the world of business sharping his acquired skills and expertise.

 

He started as a Revenue Officer II at the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) in 2001 as a Youth Corp member, who got retained. He later attained the position of a Senior Accountant and then, Assistant Chief Accountant.

 

He, however, resigned to begin his private business. He founded Fairplus International Limited… a transportation company that is into road transportation, courier services, bus hire, charter across Nigeria.

Media reports have it that he cashed out big in stocks before the market crashed.

 

POLITICAL CAREER

His first appearance in the political scene was his 2015 bid for the state governorship. Like it was almost predestined, Bello became the flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress after the initial party candidate, Abubakar Audu died untimely.

 

He won the elections and was sworn into office in January 2016 to become the youngest and 4th governor of the state at the age of 40.

 

He contested again in 2019 and defeated the People’s Democratic Party candidate and predecessor, Idris Wada.

 

PROPERTIES

Reportedly, Bello’s net worth is pegged at $5.6 million. He is also recognized as one of the richest of the present crop of governors. Shortly after his election, Bello reportedly acquired a mansion worth whooping sum of N1.2 Billion in Abuja. He also owns a state-of-the-art building in his country home on Mahmoud Atta street, GRA Okene which was completed in 2017.

He drives a Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

 

ACHIEVEMENTS/CONTROVERSIES

Bello has been heavily bashed for being a disappointment to the young population of the country, one, which has been holding on a breather, hoping that they will be their own change.

Here a few of such times, the governor has been hit hard.

 

  • Bello is one of the Nigerian politicians placed on visa ban by the US state department for undermining democracy in Nigeria.

 

  • News has also been making rounds that he is under pressure to run for the presidency in 2023.

 

  • Very recently, he said he still rides his personal vehicle.

 

  • During the coronavirus pandemic, Bello was one of the headstrong governors, who repeatedly affirmed that the figures given out as confirmed cases of the disease were manipulated and politically induced. This attracted both criticisms from both members of his party and the opposition as well as a great number of Nigerians.

 

  • Again, Bello showed up in controversy as his government allegedly imposed levies on every loaf of bread baked in the state.

  • His re-election in 2019 was opposed and dragged for long in court by the PDP and its candidate, Wada. However, the case has been put to rest as the Supreme Court recently affirmed his victory.

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