"No chieftaincy title for Bello," Igala people declare.
The people of Igala, one of the prominent tribes in Kogi State, have kicked against the Ata Igala and Chairman of the Kogi State Council of Chiefs, Dr. Michael Oboni, giving the state governor, Yaya Bello, a chieftaincy title.
A letter issued by the group stated that the title would only be accepted if the gesture is extended to Engr. Musa Wada, the PDP governorship candidate, and other contestants in the race.
“We wish to inform you that there has been an uproar by your subjects as soon as the announcement for the conferment of CHIEFTAINCY title on Governor Yahaya Bello and two others became public," the letter read.
“Our members are also opposed to the conferment both for its timing, lack of justification and the fact that it is one sided and suggestive.
“We are very sure the palace is also very alarmed by the magnitude of the public disenchantment generated by the announcement of a date to confer the chieftaincy title of Oga-onu ogwu Ata on Governor Yahaya Bello.
“We wish to advise, call and urge your Majesty, to postpone or cancel this ceremony till a more auspicious time when it is justifiable and certainly after the November 16 governorship election to prevent the people from giving it political interpretations."