The National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie Oyegun, has declared the governorship election in Kogi State as a must win for the party.
Oyegun said victory for the party would serve to prove that the popularity it has gained following the victory at the last presidential poll was not a fluke after all.
Speaking during the inauguration of the 17-member campaign team for the November 21 governorship election, Oyegun said APC considered the election as very crucial and a test case to prove that the party’s victory at presidential poll was justifiable.
He explained that due to great importance the party attaches to the governorship election in the state, it had assembled prominent personalities in the party to be part of the campaign team, including all the governors of the party in the north central zone.
“The governorship election in Kogi State will be unique for APC in the sense that it would be providing the very first major opportunity to test the continued popularity and acceptability of the party in the country. Therefore, the onus is on you to prove that.
“For the campaign committee, this is an election that you must win. There is no second choice or fallback option; this is an election that we must win. This will go a long way to prove that our victory at the last national election is not a fluke,” he said.
Chief Oyegun said though the party’s candidate is facing an incumbent governor of the PDP in the state, “there is nothing to fear because the governor is just one of the relics of the PDP federal government that APC defeated in the last presidential polls.”
Oyegun enjoined the people to make sure that they do not put a stop to the train of change that APC has brought to the country so that the seed of change and all that comes with it will be permanently planted in the state.
“So that the kind of the near-total breakdown of infrastructure in the state will be averted,” he added.
In summing up the terms of reference for the campaign committee, Oyegun said: “They are putting together the logistics, human and financial resources as well as whatever it would require to ensuring that the state joins the rest of the progressive family.”
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