Kogi State Forum of Former Political Office Holders (FFPOHS), under Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello’s first tenure between 2016 – 2019, has congratulated members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the duo of Alh. Ahmed Usman Ododo, APC governorship candidate and his running mate, Elder Joel Salifu Oyibo, for the landslide victory at the Appeal Court ruling in Abuja on the primary election, which held in April, 2023.
In a press statement personally signed and made available to our correspondent, Chairman of the Forum, Dr. Bawa Dangana who was formerly a Senior Special Assistant to the Executive Governor on Legislative and Assembly Matters (2016 – 2019), the Forum said the Ododo/Joel project is unstoppable.
Dr. Dangana called on Senator Smart Adeyemi, CON, to retrace of his steps and honourably come back to his big united family, the APC, where he rightly belongs before the doors are shut against him.
He requested that all party faithful use this period and moment to fervently pray for peace, unity, tranquility and stability of the state in particular, and the country in general.
He described the call by Abubakar Ojimaojo on the Federal Government of Nigeria to halt release of N5 Billion palliative fund to Kogi state as reckless and unfair.
“It is believed he is a sponsored member of the opposition parties and naysayers that are advocating for postponement of FGN’s palliative fund release, which will be draconian, punitive, unfair and negates the principles of equity, fairness, transparency and accountability.
“Since the elections umpire (INEC) lifted the campaign ban, Kogi State Government under the able, dynamic and purposeful leadership of His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello is fully prepared and ever ready to support the conduct of a free, fair, credible and acceptable Guber election on November, 11th 2023. The Yahaya Adoza Bello-led administration assures of a level playing ground and legacy of fair election in Kogi State.
“Methinks if the FG should heed to the ill agitations and proposal of the wailers and naysayers, by withholding the Palliative Fund until probably after the November, 11th election, the delay will equate to denying the People and Kogites much-needed relief. The Forum advises therefore, that FG should not halt the N5 Billion Kogi State Palliative Fund, just as it calls on the opposition parties to consciously close ranks and work assiduously for the good, best interest and development of Kogi State of our dreams.”