Dr Samson Omale has emerged winner of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) governorship primary election in Kogi state.
Omale was unanimously affirmed and ratified 184 delegates who converged in Lokoja, Kogi state capital, on Monday for the primary election.
He became the party’s sole aspirant after a female contestant,Mrs Funmilayo Olumodeji voluntarily stepped down for him earlier in the day.
The Chairman Screening Committee of Kogi YPP Primary governorship election, David Komolafe, said Omale had been duly screened and certified okay to pick the party’s governorship ticket.
He said a total of 184 delegates from the 21 local government areas of Kogi were accredited to vote with respect to the party’s constitution.
”Dr Omale has therefore been unanimously elected unopposed by the delegates since other aspirant has stepped down,” he said.
The State’s chairman the party, Dr Victor Akubo, affirmed the decision of the party’s delegates and appreciated the other aspirants from the beginning for their sportsmanship.
He congratulated the party’s candidate for emerging winner, and urged him to make the party and state proud when he became Kogi governor.
He described the governorship candidate as God fearing, transparent, accountable and competent man, saying his emergence was the will of God.
Akubo thanked the INEC officials for their presence to monitor the exercise, saying it was a free, fair, credible and transparent process.
The election was conducted on Monday in Lokoja, in the presence of INEC officials’ led by Mr Egbeye Olagoke.
In his acceptance speech, Dr Omale thanked the delegates and the entire party members for giving him their mandate, saying he would not disappoint them if elected as Kogi governor.
He assured the people of Kogi of a visionary leadership, digital economic development, and the turning of state’s great potentials and resources to viable and profitable ventures.
He restated that Kogi resources would be well harnessed with improved infrastructure development, better welfare, and unemployment would be gone under his leadership.
”We will make Kogi to become a template of development for Nigeria. It is do able through a viable leadership. Expect a servant leader in me,” he said.
Dr Omale urged the people to come out en masse and elect credible leader that would have their interest at heart, saying he is such a man.