All Progressives Congress, APC, aspirant for the Kogi state governorship election Barrister James Ocholi (SAN), has decried the high rate of poverty among the Igalas despite producing three governors of the state since its creation more than 20 years ago.
Barr Ocholi, who is seeking the nomination of his party ticket in the upcoming primaries scheduled for August 29 in Lokoja told the party delegates from Omalla local government that the underdevelopment of the Igala-speaking areas of the state was as a result of the leaders’ greed and pursuit of personal and narrow agenda.
The APC governorship aspirant accused the leaders of pauperizing their people with diversion of the commonwealth and execution of white elephant projects, which have little or no bearing on the welfare of the people.
Ocholi, who incidentally hails from the Igala-speaking area of the state lamented: “I am at pains over the backwardness of my people. This part of the state cannot boast of a viable industry, it has no hotel of national and international repute; or any visible development one can point at.
“Rather, these sons of Igala extraction who have ruled the state have houses in Europe, America and elsewhere. This is no doubt a great waste. How many days are they going to stay in these houses?”
He promised to give attention to programmes and projects that will uplift the welfare and standard of living of the Igala and other ethnic groups in the state.

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