History was made in kogi state in the just concluded House of Assembly election on Saturday 18th March 2023 when All Progressives Congress (APC) party made good their doggedness by clearing 23 out of 25 seats in the state Assembly at a clean slate , beating the rest parties to the rear.
The victory of APC at the last Saturday polls was not a small feat and therefore cannot be warded off with wave of hands, without a thumb up for our ever consistent and gallantry party members who made it possible.
To say it bluntly, despite the stiff opposition of the opponents of APC, with their caustic narratives on the fields in the assembly election, the party had an excellent result, by scoring 92percent in the outing. This result has made it clear that our victory in the previous elections was not a fluke, but real.
We appreciate our ever consistence party leaders, stakeholders and members for standing tall, when confronted with politics of brinkmanship of our opponents in the race ,which brought out this heart warming result.
The implication of this overwhelming result is not far fetched, as it has put the elected lawmakers under the platform of APC in the control of the state assembly , having secured over 2/3 majority seats in the process.
No doubt ,the secured over 2/3 majority seats in the coming assembly by the party is imperative to quality deliberation of issues and smooth approval of sensitive decisions in the business of the Assembly .
It could be said therefore that the shinning of the APC at the polls last Saturday assembly election across the the state has summed up the testimony of a good leadership of His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello who stood vehemently behind the party, as he created the enabling environment for the party to triumph at the polls last Saturday.
We salute governor Bello’s courage and astuteness in this direction which gave the party a winning streaks in all elections since the advent of his administration in the state; and which has laid a concrete foundation for the party to hold grip of the business of state assembly for smooth operation in the next administration.
I hereby congratulate the elected lawmakers on the platform APC for their victory at the polls, urging them to be magnanimous in victory .
And for our party members who failed their bid to make it through, I urge you all to imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship, as we are still contesting the veracity of our opponents’ claimed victory at the polls in the two constituencies via appropriate channels.
For these crops of elected refined lawmakers to perform efficiently in the state assembly, and for proper tending of the ship of the state for the benefit of all, it would not be out of tune to say that the new legislators needs a chief executive governor that is imbued with leadership qualities like , forthrightness, sense of responsibility, transparency and exposure,among others, for a better chemistry to stimulate development in the society of Kogi .
Our elected lawmakers should note that baring any change, our great party will be electing its standard bearer on 10 April next month to fly the party flag in November 11 governorship election in the state, as designed by the electoral umpire, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
I therefore count on your support , in the coming delegates party election to clinch the party ticket for the governorship election, which I have indicated interest to jostle with other contestants in the party, by buying expression form to that effect.
Meanwhile, I look forward for robust relationship , if God crown my efforts with party ticket and secured the mandate to rule the state in the next dispensation via November governorship election in the state .
Once again, congratulations.
Signed: Director General Media, campaign organisation of APC Guber Aspirant, Alhaji Yakubu Yusuf Okala.