The member representing Yagba federal constituency and gubernatorial candidate of African Democratic Congress (ADC), Leke Abejide has expressed optimism that he will win the November 11, 2023 Kogi governorship election.
Speaking during his 50t birthday anniversary in Abuja on Monday, Abejide said he is the best candidate and will capitalize on the way the Governor Yahaya Bello manipulated the APC gubernatorial primary election to spring a surprise.
He said the election will be on personality basis, not party.
“It is going to be like a tsunami.
“For the governor to nominate someone from his own ward/local government, his cousin, it’s not a monarchical system. Even in Kogi Central, they will revolt.
“If he has given it to Adavi or Okehi, may be Ebira people would have kept quiet. He gave it to the same local government where the current senator, the senator-elect and himself as the governor come from,” he said.
Abejide said it is very difficult to sell that type of candidate APC primary produced.
“In my place they don’t even see it as if somebody is contesting in APC because you cannot do that. If it is like that I can even bring my son, Samuel Abejide to come and contest for House of Representatives. Will people accept?
“It is difficult; we are Republican. It is not monarchical system. On that note, God willing on November 11, 2023 I will emerge the winner because I’m very sure and I believe God I’m going to clear the 7 local governments in Kogi West, win 4 or 5 local governments in Kogi East and 1 or 2 in Central; we are done.”
He said African Democratic Congress (ADC), the party that has ensured his electoral victory to the House of Representatives twice “is no longer a small party in Kogi now.”
“We won 5 local governments out of 21. That is to show that it is becoming bigger and I’m responsible for the growth of the party through the grace of God,” he added.
The birthday celebration was witnessed by many serving and former federal lawmakers including Senator Dino Melaye, the gubernatorial candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former Deputy Chief of Staff in the presidency, Prince Olusola Akomode and many politicians, particularly from Kogi state.
Mr. Abejide returned all the glory to God for making him to live up to the age of 50 years.
“The people you see around today is a testimony that I am with my people. My wife, who God has given me from heaven has been a pillar behind, praying, supporting all through. It has been a smooth journey in marriage for the past 17 years.”