Ahead of the November 11 Governorship election in Kogi State, the lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District in the Ninth National Assembly is making a case for his senatorial zone to produce the next governor, insists he is aspirant to beat
The lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Senator Smart Adeyemi, has made a call for the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship ticket for his home state to be zoned to his senatorial district in the interest of fairness and equity.
Senator Adeyemi made the declaration at an interactive session with journalists in Abuja on Monday, hours after obtaining the party’s N50 million gubernatorial form. Challenging other aspirants to a public debate, the Kogi lawmaker stated that he is an aspirant to beat, reiterating the call for his zone to produce the next governor of the State since the two other senatorial zones have occupied the position at different times.
According to him, of all the aspirants that had obtained expression of interest form of the APC for the governorship position, he is the most qualified in terms of exposure and wherewithal to turn things around for the better in Kogi State as far as good governance and genuine development are concerned for Kogi State.
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“I joined the Kogi Guber race today with procurement of expression of interest form from our great party, APC. Some other aspirants have also collected the form, but I am the aspirant to beat as far as required support and goodwill across the state are concerned.
I am the aspirant representing the Kogi people in the race while others are not, and on the basis of this incontrovertible fact, I challenged other aspirants to public debate where they should tell Kogites and, by extension Nigerians, what they have done for people of Kogi State in the past and what they want to do now. As for me, the proofs of such are all of the various communities across the three senatorial districts in the State, like road construction, sinking of boreholes, provision of Hospital beds and other health care delivery facilities across the three senatorial zones etc.
My vision for Kogi State is total development-driven transformation being a State enormously endowed with solid minerals. The people of Kogi State have no business with backwardness and poverty if the naturally endowed resources are well harnessed. Kogi State alone has 32 out of the 37 mineral resources in the country, which are going to be galvanised for wealth creation and development in the state if elected as governor.”
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He added that the various political stakeholders in the State should, for the purpose of equity, fairness and justice, cede the governorship position to Kogi West this time around since Kogi East and Central have produced governors.
Chief of Staff to the Kogi State Governor, Pharm Abdulkarim Jamiyu Asuku, Lagos lawmaker; James Faleke etc., had, at the beginning of sales of forms for the APC Governorship Primaries, obtained theirs last week. However, Senator Adeyemi has said that he has a strong conviction that he is the aspirant to beat as far as required goodwill and support from Kogi indigenes across the three senatorial districts are concerned.