Former Kogi State Governor and leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Abubakar Audu, has said the sate is traumatised and needs urgent redemption.
Audu, who is seeking the ticket of the APC to contest the governorship election in Kogi once again, has promised to liberate the state and save it from degenerating into a failed state, if re-elected in the forthcoming election.
The former governor spoke through his media team in a statement issued in Abuja Tuesday. He said is on a mission to rescue the state and bring it back to the enviable position it was known for in the past.
Audu regretted that Kogi State has become the most underdeveloped and backward state in the country such that it is now traumatised and in need of urgent teamwork to liberate it.
He declared that the unpleasant situation in the state informed his resolve to yield to calls on him from concern indigenes “who are disappointed with current development in the state.”
Audu explained that the pressure on him to re-contest the governorship poll “is because of what I did when I was in office some 13 years ago.”
“When I was in office as the executive governor, Kogi State was rated the fastest growing state in the whole federation and I was the best performing governor in Nigeria.
“My detractors will have nothing to fear because I am not coming for vengeance. All my time will be preoccupied with infrastructural development and human development. So I won’t think of vendetta; that is not my mission.
“It is only because what they did to me is haunting them and that is why they are on that assumption. As far as I am concerned, I have more important things to do than thinking about who offended me and who did not offend me. That is not my mission.
“Kogi State has become the most underdeveloped state in Nigeria, the most backward state in Nigeria. So you can see why people are clamouring for my return, so that we will regain the lost glory and, by the special grace of God, I will do that,” he said.