Governorship candidate of African Democratic Congress (ADC) for the November 11 Kogi election, Hon. Leke Abejide has assured all ethnic nationalities in the state of his commitment to unity, fairness and even distribution of Democratic dividends.
Abejide gave the assurance at a dialogue with Kogi indigents resident in neighbouring Kwara state on Tuesday.
He urged them to reject the candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Usman Ododo, stressing that “Ododo is Governor Yahaya Bello’s third term agenda.”
Leke who said he has no ethnic agenda and assured the people that his victory will unite and develop the state.
He affirmed that Kogi state is blessed with various natural and mineral resources in commercial quantity and his government is willing to further ensure the judicious use for the benefit of the state and its people both at home and in diaspora.
“Governor Bello is planning 3rd term agenda through Ododo’s candidacy. We have it on good authority that Bello has secured arrangement with Ododo who will be giving him some percentage of the state allocation after he leave office,” he said.
Leke said Ododo supervised the screening of local and state workers as Auditor General and has been using the outcome of the screening to embezzle money for the governor.
He, however, stressed that he will repay the state in a better way if he is elected.
“I will never be ungrateful to you Kogites. You have suffered so much, you have endured so much for 8 years. I intend to wipe your tears away.
“I urge you to reject Ododo. Let this election be a movement, let it go one way. Use your PVC, and use me as a point of contact to drive them away.
“I want to restructure Kogi. The November 11 election is not about party but who can fix the state; and I will fix Kogi”
The ADC candidate also said he will not wait for Federal Government before he fix the federal roads in the state.
“I will open the roads 18 meters wide, if the FG like let them reimburse the state or not, my joy is that my people have good roads to ply.”
Abejide urged the people of the state to judge him by his unprecedented achievement as a federal lawmaker representing Yagba constituency, stating he planned to reciprocate such performance at the state level.
“I am going to Lugard house. I need your votes to carry me over the hub and throw me inside Lugard house.
“I will reciprocate my free education policies in the state as well as my achievements as a federal lawmaker. I have earmarked N1billion interest free loan for women of the state.”
In his remarks, the Chairman of ADC campaign council, Chief Shola Ojo said they were in Ilorin to seek the supports of Kogi indigenes for Abejide.
Representatives of Igala, Ebira, and Okun extraction in Kwara said the large turnout was an indication that the ADC candidate is well accepted in their midst. They stressed that his good deeds was well known to them and they will support him to get to Lugard house so that he can reciprocate such gestures across the state.