Governorship Race: Group Urge Gov Bello to Support Power Rotation to Kogi West

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A political Interest group canvassing for rotation of power among the ethnic nationalities in Kogi state, Kogi Youth Ambassadors (KYA), has urged the political leadership in the state and Governor Yahaya Bello in particular, to support rotation of the state governorship to the Western senatorial zone in the interest of equity, fairness and justice.

Speaking at a news conference in Lokoja on Monday, State Coordinator of KYA, Abdulrahman Abdulsalam, called on all registered political parties to pick their governorship candidates from the Western senatorial district of the state.

Coordinator of KYA, Abdulrahman Abdulsalamat the press conference

The coordinator assured that the group had put strategies in place in terms of advocacy, consultation, sensitisation and mobilisation to ensure that their aim and objectives are achieved for the unity of Kogi State.

He specifically appealed to Governor Yahaya Bello to consider a candidate from Kogi West as his successor in office as a way of unifying the state to ensure equity fairness and justice.

He noted that no state in Nigeria had multiethnic diversity like Kogi State, adding that such unique endowment should not be taken for granted.

According to Abdulsalam, the Kogi East has ruled the state for over 16 years, while Kogi Central is currently in its 8 years; it is therefore the turn of Kogi west to govern the state for the sake of equity, fairness and justice.

”The Kogi youth ambassadors do not have any aspirant in mind by our agitation, but all we want is for the power to shift to Kogi west for the sake of equity, fairness and justice.

”We want His Excellency, Gov. Yahaya Bello, to adopt a competent, reliable and credible candidate from Kogi west as his successor.

”We are also appealing to the opposition political parties to also chose credible candidates from the Kogi west for the governorship race in November,” Abdulsalam restated.

He disclosed that the group had over 20,000 members who have their Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) across the 239 ward in the state, and assured that they would be engaging on vigorous sensitisation and mobilisation to press home their demand.

Also speaking, the Zonal Coordinator of the group, Comrade Austin Alabi, said all they were fighting for was that the equity, fairness and justice in the state should be maintained.

”We are advising the government of the day to consider a credible and reliable candidate, that have the interest of Kogi at heart and ready to develop the state to the next level just as Gov. Bello had done.

”We are all aware that the Governor has tried a lot in terms of infrastructure and security in Kogi, we are expecting him to also look for somebody from Kogi west that can consolidate on his legacies and develop our state to the next level,” Alabi said.

Alabi also enjoined all the registered political parties in the state to imbibe the idea by fielding a candidate from the western senatorial district of Kogi State.

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