Ahead of Saturday November 21 governorship election in Kogi State, the re-election bid of incumbent Governor Capt. Idris Wada, has received a major boost with the visitation of the Chairman Peoples Democratic Party Governors Forum and Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko.
Following Mimiko’s visitation, as well as a grand reception by the Yoruba Community in the state, they have thrown their weight behind Governor Wada, thereby endorsing him.
The Yoruba Community were drawn from Yoruba-speaking states of Edo, Ekiti, Ogun, Osun, Ondo, Oyo, Lagos and Kwara, who constitute a large percentage of the voting population in Kogi State.
Mimiko, said he was in the state in solidarity with Wada, whose major challenger, is two-time Governor of the state, Prince Abubakar Audu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Ondo State Governor who addressed his audience in Yoruba, told them that Kogi State was a very peculiar one, given its location at the very centre of the nation, which made it home for all Nigerians, adding that it was divine and not by happenstance that Kogi State is bounded by about nine states and the Federal Capital Territory, including the Yoruba-speaking states of Edo, Ekiti, Ondo and Kwara.
Gov Mimiko, who observed that from information available to him, Yorubas resident in the state are fully integrated into the socioeconomic scheme without any form of discrimination, however advised the people “against making the mistake of ‘being conned into voting for gods from other lands,’ which will upset the stability and peace they have always enjoyed.”
He also tasked them to consolidate on their positions as major stakeholders in the affairs of the state, by returning Gov Wada at the Saturday November 21 governorship election.
Paramount leader of the Yoruba Community in Kogi State, Oba Bello Audu, on behalf of delegates to the meeting, expressed deep appreciation to host governor Wada for putting the interactive session together. He equally thanked the august guest, Gov Mimiko, for finding time to check on his kinsmen of O’dua descent.
Oba Audu noted that under the leadership of Gov Wada, non-indigenes across cultures and ethnicities, have found a worthy home in Kogi State. According to him: ‘We are one and the same with the people of Kogi State. Our children do not pay discriminatory school fees, our businesses are not levied selective taxes, indeed the issue of state of origin is almost a non-issue for us here because of the way we have been embraced by our hosts and the governor.’
Oba Bello Audu asked Gov Wada to rest assured that the goodwill of his administration to non-indegenous communities in the state will be reciprocated, come November 21, 2015.
Gov Wada thanked his guest for making out time to visit Kogi State at the height of the campaigns, despite his busy schedule. He equally expressed appreciation for his frank interaction with the Yoruba Community and for their unalloyed commitment to his re-election. He pledged that better times await all residents in Kogi State in the months and years ahead, once his administration surmounts its present challenges.
The Kogi State Governor used the opportunity to invite his guests to lead other PDP governors to the grand finale of the campaign, just before the election.
Dignitaries at the interaction which lasted into the midnight, included the host governor, Capt Wada, his predecessor, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris, Director General of the Wada/Awoniyi Campaign Organisation, former Military Governor of Akwa Ibom & Edo States, Gen Tunde Ogbeha and Chief of Staff to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Prince Olusola Akanmode.
Former Secretary to the Kogi State Government, Alhaji Musa Ahmadu, member of the House of Representatives representing Ondo East and West who is also Chairman, House Committee on Downstream Petroleum Sector, Hon Joseph Akinkaja, his colleague representing Kabba-Bunu/Ijumu Federal Constituency who is also Chairman, House Committee on Capital Markets, Hon Tajudeen Yusuf, as well as PDP stalwart from Lokoja local government area, Hon Yabagi Bologi, among others.
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