The leadership and entire members of Kogi United Elitist Forum, has felicitated with Gov. Yahaya Bello on his Inauguration, as the Fifth executive governor of the state.
The group in a statement signed and made available to MIDDLE REPORTERS by the promoter, Engr. Salam Omeiza, the Group heartily congratulate Gov. Bello on his re election victory, stating that, this good work made his re-election an easy winning with a wide and unimaginable margin, describing it as the will and collective decision of the good people of Kogi who appreciate good work.
The group urge the governor to use his second term to basically focus on beaconing the hope and confidence Bequeathed on him, by Kogi electorates.
” As you are sworn in, we wishe to appeal to you to be ‘a beacon of hope’- focus on hope for the future of Kogi citizens and bridging the partisan divide. We call on you to bridge the state’s political fault lines, and endeavour not to govern by retribution and dare to transcend divisiveness. As elected official and number one citizen of the state, your obligation and allegiance are to the people of this beloved state, not any political leader or party”
The group further called on the Governor to look inward in selecting people with proven integrity,and competency, as Kogi has in abundance people with outstanding intellectual capacity and sagacity to change the narratives which was a result of the previous administration misrule.
According to the group, Kogi among other state harbours splendiferous natural resources which could be judiciously made use of to transform Kogi, also urging the Governor to make all sectors of his government a priority, namely Health, Education and foremost the welfare of workers in the state.
“As you resume to work, we urge you in all your appointments to choose competence with integrity, hope over hopelessness, empathy over apathy, action over passivity. We ask you to take the future of our commonwealth into your own hands and help lead the state forward by redoubling your efforts to boost the economy, improve education, make health care affordable, lowering tuiton costs, expanding renewable energy as Kogi State is blessed with sun in abundance and coal, turn the Confluence state into tourist centre and promote inclusiveness”
“Your Excellency, you signalled some of your second-term policy priorities recently, when you made case for the civil servants and hinted that civil servants would be the cornerstone and fulcrum upon which your second term in office would run than the political appointees. Let your words be your bound, sir.
On behalf of this wonderful family, Kogi United Elitist Forum, I want to congratulate Your Excellency, the Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, Your Deputy, Chief Edward Onoja(CIK) on your re-election for a second term in office.
It is our conviction that your victory is victory for all Kogites irrespective of political affiliation and will pave way for a true developmental and prosperous Kogi State that will deliver on the people’s mandate and we can only wish you even more fruitful, peaceful and eventful new term as you continue on the path of excellence. The unity of all the major tribes in the state should be made sacrosanct and your top priority as it is encapsulated in your electioneering campaign- “ONE KOGI” should be the anthem under your leadership. The task ahead is enormous but the fact that you have goodwill from across board should make the task a bit easy for you and we hope that you will use this goodwill to make Kogites proud of you ”
“I am not under any pressure” – Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the recently conducted governorship election in Edo State, has debunked claims that he is under pressure from party leaders to accept defeat.
He stated this while reacting to a report in the newspapers, urging the various media agencies to desist from speculative reporting.
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu in a statement signed by his Director of Communication and Media, Mr. John Mayaki said, “I was shocked this morning when I saw reports saying I begged Obaseki to return to APC after the election. While immediately responding to it, another one emerged. I will restate that I never begged him to return after the election. I deliberately did not reply when I saw all that rumour on the social media with people tagging me in them.
“Now I saw another report in the media stating that APC leaders are mounting pressure on me to accept defeat. In all fairness to the National leadership of my party, they never mounted any pressure on me. So I wonder where their source got information from. The public reposes a lot of trust in the media for authentic information. What happens when this trust is betrayed?”
Meanwhile Ize-Iyamu reiterated his earlier position that he had not yet made up his mind on the next step to take.
“I already tweeted that I am studying the result and consulting widely on my next line of action. Speculative reporting must be condemned. When I make up my mind, I will let my supporters know. For now, patience is what I implore. Not violence, not anger will help us now. Dignity will manifest in how we bounce back from this minor setback,” he said.
Gov Bello Expresses Shock, Sorrow Over Unfortunate Tanker Explosion In Felele, Lokoja.
Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello expressed shock over the unfortunate fatal tanker explosion which took place in the early hours of Wednesday around the Felele area of Lokoja metropolis.
A Press statement signed by Onogwu Muhammed, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor said it’s very sad to learn of the tragic loss of lives, many vehicles, property and other valuables in the petrol tanker fire while expressing his deepest condolences to the family of those affected by the ugly occurrence.
The Governor also urged the students of Kogi State Polytechnic to remain calm and peaceful, stating that he equally shared in their grieving moment over the death of some of their colleagues in the disaster.
Edo Election: Between sentiments and rationalism: A treatise on Edo2020
By John Mayaki, Edo.
Where there is injustice, there must always be those willing to fight it. The absence of such people will signal the decline of a people. The people of Edo have been done a great injustice, and while that is enough tragedy, the bigger tragedy will be remaining in ignorance as to what exactly happened. In this short piece, let us correct the narratives.
Some major factors accounted for the peculiar events that played out on Saturday, along with a few minor ones, which I will not go into. This gives us the hope that justice will be swiftly and surely delivered to Edo.
The first was that Edo APC chose to stick to principles. The party in Edo state has always been principled. What many people do not understand is that the party has an autonomous structure at the state level and the state chapters are not controlled by any godfathers within or outside the state. We chose not to rig, indulge in electoral malpractice or obtain the mandate to govern by force. We were beaten, violated and disenfranchised, yet the narrative that went round was that Edo was not Lagos. Edo state is clearly not Lagos. But is Edo state now Rivers state?
Wike is a known dictator, with many human rights cases against him. He enjoyed bad publicity in the media until he masterminded the underhand pilfering of Edo’s election despite openly disclosing that PDP was fleecing Edo state. He mentors Edo state governor, Obaseki, in that regard and it is therefore an ill omen for the people of Edo state that a dictator like Wike could come to Edo state and impose another fledgling dictator on the people, all the while selling fake developmental strides to them.
In reality, those that supported Mr Obaseki did not care a hoot about the development of the state. They simply chose to believe unverified claims of godfatherism, discarding the facts and figures that were positioned before them.
When posterity asks them why they chose to support a man who did not work, a man who closed down their schools, a man who was a bull in the china shop of governance, and a man who ran roughshod over the traditional institutions in the state, they will have no answer.
For the supporters of APC, who were more than those of PDP, but who were prevented through all manners of thuggery and intimidation, the spirit must remain strong. APC is not disheartened. We are confident that justice will be served, and we will always stand as sentinels of justice. Not the false accusations of godfatherism, not the tyranny and oppression by the real anti-democracy actors in Edo, and not the intrusion of governors from other states can daunt the party’s spirit.
We are also confident in the support of our supporters, who have inundated us with messages of their loyalty to the party no matter what.
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