A pressure group, Kogi West Vision Initiatives (KWVI), has called for the retention of the governorship position in the central senatorial district of the state in the spirit of ‘Ebigo Agenda’.
In a statement made available to newsmen in Lokoja on Wednesday, signed by the President and Secretary General of the group, Chief Babajide Olorunmaiye and Arch. Oluwasegun Thomas respectively, KWVI argued that the ‘EBIGO Agenda’ should come in form of 16-16-16.
The group said their position was informed by patriotism and the need for equity, justice and fairness.
EBIGO is an acronym for Ebira, Igala and Okun, the three dominant ethnic nationalities in Kogi state.
The group charged the people of Kogi West senatorial district to support the efforts of Governor Yahaya Bello to institutionalize equity, justice and fairness in the governance of the state.
According to the statement, the Igala ethnic group has occupied the governorship position for sixteen years, noting that the entire state since 2016 have been supporting the Ebiras to equally complete their own sixteen years.
They proposed that after the turn of Ebiras, power would then shift to the western senatorial district (Okun) who will also hold sway for sixteen years.
“We in Kogi West Vision Initiatives align with the recent position of the Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Matthew Kolawole on the need to allow an Ebira successor of Governor Yahaya Bello so as to enable the central senatorial district complete their fair share of EBIGO Agenda,” the statement said.
The group commended Governor Yahaya Bello for the ongoing execution of projects aimed at developing the state.