Forum Of Former Kogi Assembly Members Endorses Ododo

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Forum of former members of the Kogi State House of Assembly has unanimously declared its support for the governorship candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Usman Ododo, ahead of the November 11, 2023 election in the state.
The forum, which comprises the entire past lawmakers in the state from 1999, across political parties, also resolved to go back to their different communities to ensure resounding victory for the APC candidate.
The lawmakers, who said their decision to support Ododo followed a painstaking assessment of all the candidates on the field and the need to save the state from being dragged back to the old days of ethnocentric politics and violence, spoke at a press conference in Lokoja yesterday.
The chairman of the forum, Alhassan Salisu Adakeke, who addressed the press, with other members in attendance, said Kogi was too central to Nigeria to be left in the hands of candidates “who are out to disunite the state” and truncate the widely acknowledged achievements of the current administration.
While calling on the Independent National Electoral Commission to “immediately activate relevant sections of the Electoral Law against candidates fanning ethnic division and stoking atomic politics,” the former assembly members said, “Kogi State has remained very peaceful since the advent of the GYB (Governor Yahaya Bello) administration and cannot afford to lose it now to desperate politicians dropping names after disrespecting the same names. Their only hope is violence.
“We hereby unanimously declare the support of former legislators to the candidacy of the governorship candidate of the APC, Ahmed Usman Ododo. Our members are resolved to work hard throughout the state to deliver him resoundingly on November 11, 2023. We have no doubt that we will celebrate our victory and the future of our dear state will be guaranteed.
“It is our desire that the revolution currently ongoing in education, health, agriculture, youth and women empowerment as well as infrastructure will continue when we elect the man who understands the development wand of the current administration. We are for consolidation. We are for continuity. We are for Ododo. We are for a united and prosperous Kogi State,” he said.
On how they arrived at the choice of Ododo and subsequently threw their weights behind him, the former legislators explained that they took their time to examine the candidates in the contest and took their decision after series of meetings, consultations and engagements with their members across the state.



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