Six months before November 16 Kogi governorship election, political leaders from Okun land of Kogi state have formed a high powered committee to drive the quest for a candidate from the West.
In a meeting held recently, David Jemibewon’s Iyah Gbede residence, politicians is aspiring to be Deputy Governor were advice to look beyond their limited goal. Prince Richard Akanmode who speak with "Kogireports on the conclusion of the meeting, said that they have resolved that "West play a leading role in this year’s governorship election."
According to him, the committee was implore with the responsibility to search for options across party lines.
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Reacting to the development, a former House of Representatives aspirant, Comrade Tosin Adeyanju said the resolution of great interest to Okun people.
He said “We cannot continue to play second class as free born of Kogi state. We should rise in unison to achieve this noble goal. Incumbent Governor Yahaya Bello was courageous at the last primaries and his people rally round him. Let us rally round one of our own in November,”.
At the last count, there are about forty three governorship aspirants from Kogi East senatorial district while the incumbent is from Kogi Central. No one has declared intention to contest the November 16 election in Kogi West.
"However, it is been rumoured that Senator Dino Melaye, former deputy governorship candidate, Hon. James Faleke and the Executive Secretary of Consumer Protection Council (CPC), Prince Babatunde Irukera are itching to join the governorship race.
Meanwhile, a socio-political group, Okun Connect has called on Kogi West leaders and electorate to keep hope alive and rally round aspirant that will soon emerge from the zone.
Chairman of the group, Comrade Benjamin Adeyele, Kogi state stand to benefit from the managerial prowess, in-built integrity and nationalistic ideals a Governor of Okun extraction will bring into governance.
He lauded the patriotic attempts by Chief Bayo Ojo SAN, Prince Olusola Akanmode, Asiwaju Clarence Olafemi, Engr. George Olumoroti, late Comrade Rotimi Obadofin and others to contest for the governorship seat in the past.
Comrade Adeyele called for new generation of aspirants from Kogi West. He urged the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hon. Kola Ologbondiyan, Dr. Ronke Bello and a former senatorial Aspirant, Dr. Toyin Akanle to join the 2019 contest".