As the preparation for the November 21st governorship election in Kogi State intensifies, more aspirants under the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have obtained their nomination and expression of interest forms to contest the party’s primary elections scheduled for later this month.
The aspirants who besieged the party’s national secretariat on Wednesday outlined reasons why they want to occupy Lugard’s House next year. One of the aspirants, Dr Yaqeen Abdullahi Habeed said he would harness the resources of the state, especially the abundant natural resources to the benefits of the people.
Addressing journalists after picking his expression of interest and nomination forms, Yaqeen who decried the high rate of unemployment, robbery and kidnapping attributed the ills affecting the state to bad governance.
“I believe and so strongly that Kogi State is endowed with highly competent and capable people. What is required is sincere leadership with a vision and a purpose to harness these resources so as to realize a just Kogi State that is secure, stable and prosperous with the highest possible standards, which everyone can be proud of,” Dr Habeeb said.
Yaqeen who said he abandoned his lucrative job to save the people of Kogi state promised to bring foreign investors from United States of America in the areas of partnership to provide modern and affordable health care to the people of the state as well as revive the Ajaokuta Steel Company in the state.
Another aspirant, Tim Da Dichie gave three cardinal objectives that will be the hallmark of his government if elected. According to him, improvements on the infrastructure in the state, wealth creation and peaceful coexistence amongst the people of the state will be his major areas of concern.
Simillarly, Suleiman Lanre Ipinmisho who was the Director General of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) promised to make transparency his watchword. He said “Kogi is the black sheep of the nation and we must not allow it to continue.” He urged the media to enlighten Nigerians and to get government functionaries to be accountable to the mandate given to them.