Power Shift: Forum Set to Snub APC, PDP Candidates

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As the dust settles following the primary election of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kogi State, there are already plans being put in place by the Kogi West and Central Forum for Equity and Justice, to produce their own consensus candidate to be the next Governor of the State via the November 21 polls.

The APC primaries produced former Governor, Abubakar Audu who hails from the East region of the State amidst several corruption cases hanging on his head.

Audu emerged winner beating other candidates that hail from either the West or the Central regions against the wishes of both regions who have repeatedly decried the marginalization and injustice meted by the Igala-led Government since the State’s inception.

 

 

In another development, analysts have predicted the return of incumbent, Idris Wada, an indigene of the East and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate could be the choice the other regions line up behind.

In the event they decide against such a move, the last hope the Power Shift has may be to resort to supporting a candidate from outside the two major parties, (the APC and the PDP).

In a bid to produce the next Governor, there is mounting speculation that the West and Central regions could field a candidate that they want to challenge both Audu and Wada.

 

In reaction to the speculations, The Chairman, Media & Publicity, Kogi West and Central Forum for Equity and Justice, Tom Adaba, said there is no concrete arrangement on what to do at the moment but admitted a move could be underway soon.

“We have things in mind,” he stated before adding; “Why is it not possible? Once we get our house in order because this time, we have learnt our lessons.”

General Julius Oshanupin (retired), who also reacted confirmed a possibility of achieving such a feat but stressed that there was nothing concrete at the moment.

“As it is, we have not taken that decision. It takes us to meet and decide together,” he said.

Oshanupin hinted that the politicians failed to arrive at a consensus and it cost the Forum at the just concluded APC primaries leading to the emergence of Audu from the East.

He however stressed that the forum will not give up and if the politicians who initially failed to agree at first can come together to have a consensus, then “your guess is as good as mine.”


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