The governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello, has nominated Edward Onoja, his running mate in the November 16 election, as deputy governor of the state.
It has been gathered that the governor has sent the name of Mr Onoja to the state assembly for confirmation, after which he will be sworn in Saturday.
The development comes a few hours after the Kogi state house of assembly removed Simon Achuba over alleged gross misconduct.
Mr Achuba had fallen out with the governor shortly after he was sworn into office.
An ally of Mr Bello, Mr Onoja is said to be the most influential member of the governor’s cabinet. Their relationship, sources said, 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 was the chief strategist of “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 in 2015.