- Thanked Atiku for calling on his audience to vote for APC in the presidential election
The Kogi State All Progressive Congress presidential campaign council (APC PCC) has derided the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state for defrauding its party presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar with phantom defection.
Addressing a news conference on Monday in Lokoja, Director of Media and Publicity, Kogi State APC Campaign Council, Mr Kingsley Fanwo, said PDP re-packaged and assembled ‘expired politicians’ during last Saturday’s presidential campaign rally of the Peoples Democratic Party.
The campaign council mocked PDP and its presidential candidate for celebrating a rented “lecture theatre crowd” mobilized from seven neighbouring states of the country.
“What they said would be an overflow rally that would bring our city to a standstill for the day barely registered on the radar of hardworking Kogites. The innocents who did turn out for them in vain hope of hearing anything which might persuade them to reevaluate their poor opinion of the PDP left reinforced in their disdain for people whose stint in government brought their state, nay, country, to their knees.
“Dismayed by the poor turnout, the PDP resorted to theatrics. It rolled out expired individuals who had been expunged from the ranks of the APC for their unsavory deeds and characters, and proceeded to canonise them.
“The rally turned into a farce when people like the former Deputy Governor of the State, Elder Simeon Achuba and the former speaker of the state assembly, Rt Hon. Alfa Imam were repackaged for Atiku as Kogi APC stalwarts who were decamping to the PDP at the rally.
“What Atiku and his entourage might not have known is that this is the same Achuba who was impeached from office with ignominy by the state assembly for gross misconduct during the first term of the administration. He rejoined his former bedmates in the PDP ahead of the 2019 general elections and failed to deliver even his own Ward in that year’s presidential, legislative and gubernatorial elections.
“Rt Hon. Alfa Imam is another has-been whose poor leadership pitched him in a running battle with his colleagues when he was Speaker of the State House of Assembly. At the cusp of being impeached, he pleaded to be allowed to resign. He was obliged and he too left office and our party in 2019. Shortly he decamped to the SDP, another rickety platform in Kogi State where his presence was as ineffectual as his departure was unfelt in the APC. We won the 2019 landslide without them. Since then, the two men have failed in their political self-delusions and have continued to fail.
“It soon became clear that the political jesters in Kogi PDP had deliberately lied to their Dubai-based Presidential Candidate and his hangers-on that all projects in Kogi State were done by them, so the poor man spent his time on the podium attributing the massive projects constructed by Yahaya Bello, either to a man who left office over one decade before construction started on them or to the PDP Administration in which he used to be number two.
“Even the pitiable sight of the immediate past PDP Governor of Kogi State craving for some level of attention did not dissuade the PDP from treating his tenure as if it never happened. Indeed, there may have been a method to their madness, for in reality, if one were to judge dispassionately, his tenure, like the one before it, cannot boast of any visible contribution to the wellbeing of the people, so it might as well never have happened.
“While the lies that Alh. Ibrahim Idris built everything that looks like modern infrastructure in Kogi as insinuated at the rally is, of course, a figment of the speakers’ fevered imaginations, it is a national embarrassment to the PDP that they failed Kogi people so woefully despite having so long to make a difference. It is on record that Alh. Ibrahim Idris left his own Abejukolo community in darkness in his nine years in office. It took the present administration to restore power to his benighted community. He also left Abejukolo roads in pitiable states. Today, the APC through this administration and the likes of Hon. Abdullahi Ibrahim (Halims) of the APC is bringing respite,” he said.
Fanwo said the campaign council is on course to deliver Kogi State massively for the All Progressives Congress and maintain the legacy of the party in the state under the leadership of Governor Yahaya Bello.
“What is not in doubt is that the Yahaya Bello led APC administration has changed the face of Kogi State. The legacy projects executed, some of which were recently commissioned by Mr President, are too numerous to mention here,” he added.
The Kogi APC PCC expressed gratitude to Atiku for calling on his audience to vote for APC in the Presidential election.
“Although he tried to take it back, we got his message loud and clear. As far as we are concerned, it was the most candid thing to come out of that rally. He understands that it is the APC that can continue to steer the nation away from the corruption, misrule and insecurity that characterized the reign of PDP in Nigeria.”