The decision of Kogi State Governor-elect, Usman Ododo, to kneel and present his Certificate of Return to Governor Yahaya Bello has stirred a wave of reactions among Nigerians. Ododo’s unexpected action took place following the collection of his certificate alongside his running mate, Joel Salifu.…CONTINUE READING
The Certificate of Return was formally presented at the INEC headquarters in Lokoja, the state capital, on Friday by the State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Gabriel Longpet.
The event drew the presence of Governor Bello, key members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and a large gathering of party supporters.
In a surprising move witnessed by many, Ododo, after receiving his certificate, approached Governor Bello and knelt to present it to him, eliciting amazement among onlookers.
However, this gesture has sparked diverse reactions on social media.
While some netizens expressed disapproval, criticising the action as an indication of prevailing godfatherism in Nigerian politics, others weighed in with varying perspectives on the development, such as “Nigeria is doomed”.
Watch the video below:
Ododo receives blessings from Yahaya Bello 😂
— Abdul-Aziz Na’ibi Abubakar (@jrnaib2) November 17, 2023
See some of the reactions below:
This is irritating
Yahaya Bello for another 8 years. Hmmmmmm. Naija 21st century politics
Godfatherism has taken over Naija politics
Nigeria is dooooommmed
Congregation of people who are only after their own deep pockets
and there you are expecting progress
It is clearly a third term for Gov Yahaya Bello.
You guys should be worried about this type of politics. This governor’s sole aim is to please Yaya and not the people of Kogi.
Power is crazy, just a matter of time, his true loyalty will be tested.
The incoming governor’s bow to the outgoing governor is a gesture lacking in democratic essence, painting Nigerians as backward in political evolution.
“Such acts, rather than fostering respect, risk undermining confidence in our democratic values. These symbolic gestures should align with democratic principles to inspire trust among international investors. A commitment to modern democratic norms is crucial for national progress and global partnerships.”
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