Barr. Natasha Akpoti worn the governorship ticket of Social Democratic Party (SDP) for November 16 Kogi governorship election, promised free education in the state if given the opportunity to rule the state.
Akpoti emerged SDP flag bearer for Kogi governorship election in a primary held in Lokoja, Kogi State capital on Thursday.
The primary which was headed by the National Officer of the party,
Dr. Benson Obogna witnessed a historic turn up by delegates from twenty one local government of the state.
The chairman said, "having scored the highest number of votes in the primary, with the power vested in me as the returning officer, I declared Natasha Hadiza Akpoti the winner of SDP 2019 Kogi governorship primary", he said.
In her appreciation speech, Akpoti thanked the 751 delegates who traveled from twenty one local government of the state to vote for her.
"You have entrusted me with your votes and I promise I will never disappoint you. I don't claim to be intelligent than you, but I have carved a niche for myself through service to the people and I promise to do more and bring opportunities for you and your children.
"I promise to implement free education from primary to secondary school level, make the state tertiary institutions affordable for all and sundry and improve the standard of public schools to international standard.
"In SMEs development, without office I empowered five thousand women across the state with twenty thousand naira free interest loan, I promise I to implement soft loans to helping strengthen the economy and make a Kogi state industrial hub of the nation", she said.
Akpoti added that she will increase the salary of the civil servants in the state, explaining that when the SMEs are effective there will be more people leaving the civil service for entrepreneur which will reduce the state workforce to create room for civil servants salary increment, promising to introduce free health care service for aged parents.
"My primary assignment as a governor is to ensure safety of lives and properties. Crime thrives in a poor society, I will ensure there's an effective and running economy where the youth will be engaged and wouldn't have time to start thinking of crime.
"We are going to ensure there's enough energy to power every house in Kogi State. Above all, we will work with the federal government to ensure Ajaokuta steel is revived to have more industries in the state and generate thousands of jobs for our unemployed youth", she said.
Natasha Akpoti, a senatorial candidate of the party for Kogi Central in the last general election clinched the SDP governorship ticket for Kogi State election with 751 valid votes as a sole candidate of the party.