Lokoja-Koto Constituency Demands for Kogi Ministerial Slot

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The National Coalition of Lokoja-Koto Youths for Change has made a passionate appeal to President Mohammadu Buhari and Governor Yahaya Bello to consider the area for a ministerial position in the next dispensation.

The appeal for ministerial position was contained in a press statement signed by Comrade Isiyak Suleiman and Murtala Mohammed Ogbere, President General and Secretary General respectively.

The youth leaders insisted that the area must be allowed to fill the ministerial slot for the state.

According to the statement, the group observed that Lokoja-Kogi federal constituency, despite its electoral value, having the highest voting strength in the Western Senatorial District of the state, have not tasted the ministerial position since the advent of the current democratic experiment.

The Coalition described the federal constituency as an area that has always supported the All Progressive Congress (APC). They argued that it is on record the zone voted overwhelmingly for President Mohammadu Buhari and the APC in 2015 and also in the 2019 elections, but lamented that the area has never been considered nor nominated for a Ministerial position.

According to the statement, the East, Central and the Okun part of the Western Senatorial district have since 1999 taking turns to produce Ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The group insisted that Lokoja-Koto is demanding for fairness, equity and justice and should be allowed to produce the next minister from Kogi state.

The Coalition listed Hon. Mohammed Adoke from Central, Prof. Eyitayo Lambo, Chief Kola Jamodu, Bar. Bayo Ojo, Chief David Jemibewon from West, and Late Bar. James Ocholi, Dr. Steven Oseni, Arch. Gabriel Aduku, Hon. Humphrey Abbah from the Eastern Senatorial district respectively as those who have occupied ministerial positions from the state.

The coalition also listed the mentioned areas as districts that have also enjoyed Deputy Governorship slots through Chief Patrick Adaba and Chief Philip Salawu from Central,  Chief Sam Ola Akande, Yomi Awoniyi from the West and Elder Simon Achuba from the East.

They posited that the people of Lokoja Kogi federal constituency have been abandoned even when it is obvious that it contributes handsomely in terms of electoral fortunes and socio-economically to the development of the state.

The coalition equally lamented that aside the other districts having been nominated as Secretary to State Government, appointed as ambassadors and other federal boards, the people of Lokoja Kogi federal constituency have been marginalized and neglected since 1999.

They lamented that in the last sixteen years, the Kogi West Senate slot has remained in Ijumu LGA.

They warned that the area would no longer allow its patience and quietness to be taken for granted and for political foolishness.

The coalition asserted that the people of Lokoja-Kogi federal constituency parades an array of very eminent and qualified persons to be nominated as ministers. They appealed to President Mohammadu Buhari to reward the area’s loyalty and political consistency in their support for the APC.

They appealed to Gov. Yahaya Bello to sieze the present opportunity the clamor by the people of Lokoja and Kogi federal constituency are making to be appointed to the ministerial position. They said the governor would not only write his name in gold and on the sands of time by nominating an indigene of Lokoja-Kogi federal constituency, but it would further enhance the political fortune of the APC ahead the November governorship election expected to hold in the state.

The coalition explained that it has for now resolve to pursue their appeal using diplomacy, lobby and outright appeal. However, they warned that the people’s patience and maturity to be their brother’s keeper should not be misconstrued for political foolishness if in the next dispensation it does not get the ministerial position.

The coalition said it would continue with its peaceful advocacy for the area to be nominated as minister in the next dispensation by Gov. Yahaya Bello, and for approval by President Muhammadu Buhari, however, warned that it would not healthy if the area is shortchanged in the next ministerial appointment.

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