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Kogi election: Dalori, Ajibola urge APC stakeholders to show character

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The National Working Committee(NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has charged the party leaders in Kogi State to show character in Saturday’s election.

This call was made by the party’s Deputy National Chairman (North), Hon. (Dr.) Ali Dalori at a  briefing, which the NWC had with the APC leaders in Lokoja on Thursday.

An eight-man NWC team arrived Lokoja, the state capital, on Friday to draw last minute support for the election of the party’s governorship candidate, Usman Ododo in the Saturday’s election. The NWC members, which included the National Secretary, Senator Bashiru  Ajibola; Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Hon. Duro Meseko; National Auditor, Senator Abubarkar Maikafi; National Vice Chairman (North West), Hon. Garba Datti Mohammad; and National Vice Chairman (North Central), Alhaji Rijau Bawa Muaze; is led by Senator Ajibola and Hon. Dalori.

According to a statement in Lokoja by Dalori’s Special Adviser (Media and Strategy), Hon. Yemi Akinbode, theDeputy National Chairman (North) implored party leaders, stakeholders and faithful to display the highest level of honesty and commitment in ensuring victory for the APC.

He said: “We at the APC national party headquarters are aware of the magnitude of the task ahead of the party on Saturday. We know how decisive the electorate would be in this election because of the volatility and dramas that have trailed the campaign. We also know that the APC is the party to beat. This is very obvious with the atmosphere here in Kogi State. We feel the passion, energy  and bias of the people.

“Yet we are emboldened by the pedigree of good governance, performance and outstanding leadership qualities of Governor Yaya Bello in the last eight years. So all we need is for party stakeholders, leaders and faithful to remain resolute, steadfast and sincere on the election day. Yaya Bello has performed creditably well as Governor. You all can see the transformation he has brought to Kogi State in the past eight years. So the transition should be smooth for Usman Ododo.I appeal to our esteemed party members, and the electorate to troupe out en mass to cast their votes for APC. This is the only way that Kogi State will remain a part of the ruling APC to enjoy the privileges and benefits of being a member of the national ruling party.

Early at the briefing, Hon. Meseko expressed optimism about the victory of the APC on Saturday. He said: “My opinion about the Saturday election is that the APC will retain the governorship seat in Kogi. Though the opposition is roaring, threatening fire and brimstone, their threats will come to nothing at the end of the day. My appeal to the people of Kogi State, particularly the electorate, is that we should play by the rules, and ensure there is a peaceful conduct of the exercise on Saturday. I will also plead with the stakeholders to allow the winner that Kogi people wants to emerge. I know that, we in Kogi have a history of always being part of national politics, and I am sure we are not  tired of remaining part of the ruling party so that we can continue to enjoy  the gains and benefits that come with national politics”.

The APC State Chairnan, Hon. Abdullahi Bello, who represented Governor Bello at the briefing, expressed the deep gratitude of the Governor and the APC in the state to President Bola Tinubu, Vice President Kasshim Shettima, the National Chairman, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje and the NWC for their unwavering support during the build up to the election.

He assured the team that Governor Bello and the party leadership will stop at nothing to ensure victory for the APC and Ododo at the election.

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