A Kogi-based socio-political group, Vanguard for Good Governance, has called on Chief Joseph Erico Ameh, a Lagos-based security expert and philanthropist, to join the state’s 2019 governorship race.
Chief Agene Abubakar, the group’s president, said the call was due to Chief Ameh’s good gesture, which he stressed, has no bounds, as it cuts across every district in the state and the geo-political zones in the country.
Abubakar, in a chat with newsmen, said that Ameh has over the years offered employment to hundreds of youths in his security outfit and other establishments, thereby giving them opportunities to make a living and realise their potentials in the face of massive unemployment in the nation.
He said: “Chief Ameh has also empowered many Kogi youths through various skill acquisition programmes, thereby giving them opportunities to be independent and self-reliant as many of them are now doing very well in their various vocations.
“Even in the entertainment industry, Chief Ameh has supported several budding artists, especially actors and actresses, thereby helping to come to limelight and becoming useful to themselves and the nation.”
Abubakar stressed that the Igala ethnic nationality will not forget Chief Ameh in a hurry for his good gestures, especially in his Olamaboro Local Government Area of Kogi State, where he was recognised as a title holder, even as he bagged another title in Lagos State.
“Ameh has been taking care of widows and orphans in the local government area, supporting them to go into businesses, even as he has been offering scholarships to children of the needy up to tertiary institutions.
“Ameh has also financed a lot of infrastructures in the area, especially provision of potable drinking water in the area through construction of boreholes at several Igala communities
“If Chief Ameh is brought into governance as the chief executive of Kogi State, he will transform the state to ensure that what is good for the goose is equally good for the Kogites is achieved,” he added.
Abubakar maintained that through Chief Ameh, Kogi people will enjoy dividends of democracy, which he stressed, eluded the people since the death of ex-governor, Prince Abubakar Audu, adding that the state needs a man like Ameh to fit into the big shoes left behind by the late All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the 2015 election.