Former Kogi State first lady, Mrs. Aisha Eleojo Audu-Emeje, yesterday emerged as the Justice Party (JP) flag bearer in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Kogi State.
Mrs. Audu, who is the first woman to win a gubernatorial ticket of any party since the creation of Kogi State, was chosen in a consensus arrangement at an occasion held at the Lugard Beach Hotel, Lokoja, the capital of Kogi State observed by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). She was declared the winner by Mr. Uche Okorafor, who represented the party’s national chairman after a unanimous vote of all party delegates.
After the election, in his closing remarks the Kogi State JP chairman, through his representatives, stated that the party would do its best in reaching out to everyone in the state to ensure victory in the upcoming election as the party had produced a credible and quality candidate as its flag bearer.
The party also strongly urged INEC to fastidiously keep all records of its activities and to be open, truthful and fair in its work as gatekeepers for the survival of democracy in Nigeria.
In her acceptance speech, Mrs. Audu-Emeje expressed her readiness to serve and promised to make education, health, agriculture and social security scheme as her focus.
She noted that youth and women had long been neglected in the state by previous administrations, and promised to implement programmes that would alleviate their poverty and get them to become employers through the skills they acquire in training schools.
She said: “I think it’s time for us to see people for who they are and what they can do; putting food on the table does not have any thing with family dynasty. People should look for those who can create jobs, bring health care to their doorsteps and free education to their children.”