Ahead of Kogi gubernatorial election, one of the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), from Kogi Central, Mr. Bayo Adobayin Averehi has pronounced his desire to re-define the narrative of the state, berating the incumbent APC led state government of underperforming in the last three and half years.
In a ceremony which took place in Okene over the weekend, saw party official at the five local government area and wards, statutory delegates, stakeholders and party stalwarts in Kogi Central endorsing Mr. Bayo Adobayin Averehi for the contest of the number one seat in the state.
Averehi in his remark noted that the alarming economy crises in the state was what motivated him in coming out for the number one seat in the state, adding that he has the capacity if given the chance to govern the affairs of the state.
According to him, the citizen of the state has been subjected to abject poverty, stressing that, the Ebiras in the state has been tagged bad people based on the performance of governor Yahaya Bello.
However, the governor hopeful said he is poised in changing such narrative and bring back smile to the face of the people and re-define the story of the Ebiras and Kogi state in general.
While answering the question of how he intend to face other strong candidate from the party during his interaction with press men, Mr. Averehi stated that God gives power and the people of the state are better informed than before, hence, the people will vote for who they think can effectively represent them.
He further added that, in a case where he loses out during the primary election, he disclosed that he would humbly accept defeat and work with the winner to restructure the state to what it should be.
In his words “Experience I know is key in everything we do in life, as a result of this, my wealth of experience in the public and private sector would be put to bear and professionals would be consulted to execute some of the blue print I have to alleviate the fortune for the state”.
Averehi who earlier paid a Royal homage to the Ohinohi of Ebira land Dr Ado Ibrahim to seek for his royal blessing towards realizing his governorship ambition further pleaded for peace from different factions in the party, noting that, if the party must come back to where it belongs, personal interest must be dropped for the common interest of the party come November 2019 election.
In his speech, the PDP senatorial Chairman, Hon. Iliyasu Zubair thanked his party senatorial district which comprises of five Local Government for their loyalty and support, in redeeming the image of the PDP warning that all personal interest must be dropped if the party must achieve it common goal in the forth coming election.
” We have decided to support one of the aspirants and today we are making it open that we are supporting Mr. Bayo Adobayin Averehi, such that our voice can be heard and we can together ensure the emergence of the most capable candidate who will present us with the best chance of winning the governorship election.
“We have assessed all the aspirants who have expressed interest to run for Kogi State governorship election and considered their manifestos, antecedents, and political history before giving the candidature of Mr. Averehi a nod as the person we have chosen as the right candidate to fly the partys flag on November 16th.
“We the Kogi State Central Forum of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have endorsed the candidature of Bayo Adobayin Averehi, because he has a very rich political pedigree and has all the credentials to flag the common interest of all the Ebira people” he stated.
Earlier in his opening remark, the DG Campaign officer, Alhaji Abdullahi Ibieda who was represented by Ayodeji Sunday, thanked the party faithfuls for the large turn up for the grand reception while noting that the party’s governorship aspirant, has been critically tested and deemed fit to champion the Lugard 2019 course.
In their respective goodwill messages, the former PDP vice chairman Okene LGA, Mr. Shaibu Obaro, State exco Financial Secretary, Jude Sulieman, PDP Chairman Okehi LGA, Women leader and Youths leader all voiced their unflinching support for Averehi, while urging him to remain resolute and steadfast to the big course.