Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has nominated Edward Onoja, his running mate in the November 16 election, as deputy governor of the state.

It was gathered that the governor has sent the name of Onoja to the state assembly for approval.

This is coming hours after the Kogi state house of assembly impeached Simon Achuba over alleged gross misconduct.


Achuba had fallen out with the governor shortly after he was sworn into office.

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Onoja would be sworn into office on Saturday, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.

An ally of Bello, Onoja is the most influential member of the governor’s cabinet. Their relationship predates the emergence of Bello in 2016.

Aged 44, 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 the “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.

Like a man who saw tomorrow, Onoja formally resigned as chief staff two days ago, perhaps waiting to become the next governor.

Abdulkareem Jamiu, a pharmacist, was appointed to replace Onoja as chief of staff.