Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the November governorship election in Kogi State, Prince Audu Abubakar, has called on the people to rally round the party and give him their mandate to govern the state again.
Audu stated this while fielding questions from journalists on his recent tour of the state, where he had gone to feel the pulse of the people as a prelude to his comeback as governor of Kogi State.
He told journalists that his vision for Kogi by now would have made the state a model for others in the country if he was not rigged out in the last political dispensation.
He said Kogi people are enterprising and very hospitable despite the hardship they have experienced under the PDP-led government in the past 12 years. “Our people are not trouble makers as some elements want to label us. The only problem facing our people is that of inconsistency in government policy and ethnocentric affinity of the present leadership in the state. ‘‘One of the main thrusts of my earlier tenure was to spread infrastructural development across the three senatorial districts, by paying attention to youth development and poverty eradication,” Audu said.
The APC governorship candidate promised to emulate the footprints of Nigerian heroes such as the Sardauna of Sokoto, Nnamdi Azikiwe and Chief Obafemi Awolowo, who invested heavily in their people through education and infrastructure development if given another opportunity to renew his vigour for total reformation of Kogi State.
“Kogi youths have been turned into hewers of menial jobs as a result of lack of employment. Under my watch this will come to an end.’’
Consequently, rising from a meeting with Concerned Professional Youths of Kogi, convener of the meeting, Hassan Omale, said they would mobilise the electorate for the task ahead and enjoined youths to look beyond the gains of the moment and desist from selling their birthright for a pot of porridge in an attempt to return the incumbent to the seat of power, adding that Kogi is beyond ‘chop chop money’.


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