Sylva, Adeyemi join Bayelsa, Kogi governorship contests

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By Emmanuel Mogbede

The battle for governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa State is getting hotter, especially within the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC with more aspirants doling out the N50 million to buy the nomination and expression of interest forms to be part of the race.

The latest entrants into the race for the two governorship elections are Kogi West senator, Smart Adeyemi and Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources.

The Bayelsa and Kogi governorship election had been slated for Nov. 11, 2023, by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

A group of friends bought the N50 million form for Slyva to contest the governorship election in Bayelsa at the national secretariat of APC in Abuja on Monday.

Sylva, who was appointed as Minister of State for Petroleum Resources in 2019, was Bayelsa Governor between 2008–2012. Timipre Sylva Minister of State for petroleum resources

Also, at the APC National Secretariat to purchase the forms to contest the forthcoming Kogi governorship election, was Sen. Smart Adeyemi.

Adeyemi was a former National President Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ) before he was elected to represent Kogi West Constituency in 2007.


He was re-elected as senator for the third time on Nov. 30 2019.

Adeyemi said he was contesting the Kogi governorship election slated for Nov. 11, 2023 to add value to the state and to serve the people and improve their wellbeing.

He said he would govern without sentiments if elected, adding that he had enough experience having travelled across the country and beyond.

“I have seen a lot about government, and journalism has given me an insight into governance, I want to graduate the state from where it is now, to a higher place.

“I am well equipped and very prepared, I have risen to speak in favour of the masses, even in the house.

“I’m not a man of sentiments, I deal with people based on their content and what they have to offer. I have the courage to lead and fight for the survival of the people,” Adeyemi said.

He decried nepotism in government, saying responsibilities should be given to people based on competences.