Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the Kogi State governorship election, Prince Audu Abubakar, has agreed on the power rotation deal among the constituent groups of Igala, Ebira and Okun.
In a press statement, Abubakar said it was true that the enduring infrastructures in Kogi State were products of his stewardship.
He noted that sustainable development in the state will largely depend on his return as the governor of the state.
He also affirmed that he was the only Igala man that could boldly, explicitly and committedly ensure the position of governor goes to the remaining groups.
The former governor, however, sought for peace and mutual understanding as the means of achieving power rotation in the state.
According to him, “the challenges of political domination and marginalisation of the Igalas in Benue State, Okuns and Ebiras in Kwara State led to intense agitation for creation of Kogi State for the three groups who had lived together peacefully under Kabba province for more than 70 years.
“So, I have told all Kogites that when we mutually met at one Engineer Sule’s house in Okene, in 1991, the three groups –Igalas, Ebiras and Okuns – met and said to themselves that they believe in power rotation.
“God, in His infinite mercy, spoke to the former military President, General Ibrahim Babangida, to create Kogi State; therefore, we have destiny in our hands and it was only fair to allow Igala to have the first shot.
“For that, the reason adduced by late Chief Awoniyi was that the component that came from Benue State, that is, Igala, had never had the opportunity to produce the governor but the second component from Kwara State, comprising of Ebira and Okun had had the opportunity in late Adamu Attah, who was a Second Republic Governor of Kwara State.
“Following that premise, it was agreed to give it to Igala. After Igalas, it was agreed that the governorship seat should return to the other components – Okun and Ebira – which should meet to determine the next to have the seat after Igala.
“I am the first beneficiary of the agreement and thank God I am still living hale and hearty because most of us who reached the deal in good faith on behalf of our people are now late.”

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  • Bako

    Then he should step down for an Okun person and stop this endless deception