Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has said that he was not dispatched by the presidency or the All Progressive Congress (APC) to intervene in the recent crisis between the food sellers in the North and buyers from the southern part of the country.
He made the clarification in an interview with some journalists in Abuja, weekend.
He, however, said that his intervention prevented the what he described as potential war between aggrieved Northern youths and those in the South.
Bello pointed out that contrary to the insinuations that he was dispatched by the Presidency and the All Progressives Congress to intervene in the crisis, he was neither contacted by the president nor the party to broker the peace, which saved the country avoidable war.
“I was not invited by anybody, group or party to broker the peace deal that has saved the country from bloodbath.
“I had to intervene because of the tension that was building up in the North due to the killing of some traders and destruction of their means of livelihood in some Southern states without any intervention by anybody.
“By God’s grace the strike was called off and the supply of food restored by the traders.
“This country needs peace and stability to survive and nothing should be done to truncate the peace,” he explained.
Responding to a question on his presidential ambition, Bello said that he was not flying a kite but was serious about leading Nigeria so as to make it work particularly for the younger generation, the downtrodden, women and the weak so as to provide adequately for them.
Governor Bello insisted that he would win the APC primary and go on to win the presidency if a level playing field was provided by the party.