By Mansa Musa
The Kogi west senatorial district was recently agog with a carnival like rally for the celebration of the victory of the APC Presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima.
The victory rally was well attended by party chieftains and party faithfuls who trooped out enmass to celebrate a ticket that sign post the renew hope for development in all it’s physicality in all aspects of our national life.
The victory rally for the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential election victory was attended by majority of the former chairmen, councillors, party chieftains and faithful was a sight to behold as not less than ten former chairmen of local government, former house of Assembly members, former councillors, chairmen of wards, and even members of the opposition parties who worked for the victory of the APC in the Presidential election were in attendance.
This great rally which was at the instance of the senator representing the good people of Kogi west district at the national assembly, Senator Smart Adeyemi attracted over 5000 party faithfuls who came together in one accord to express their joy and appreciation for the senator coming to say thank you to party faithfuls and supporters for this important victory.
The major highlight of the carnival is the attendance and decamping of a former chairman of Ijumu local government of the state, Hon.Fred dada who said he was coming back home to his former party, the APC, because of Senator Smart Adeyemi who is contesting for the seat of the governor of the state and more importantly, now that his former party, the PDP, have decided against picking someone from the Kogi central senatorial district as it’s candidate at all as he was told that the governorship seat is now reserved for the Kogi west senatorial district and this for him means going back to his former party to support the aspirations of Senator Smart Adeyemi.
He said the implication of such a position is that the Kogi central senatorial district is not Fielding any candidate at all for the governorship seat and which to him means he rather go back to the APC along with his supporters to support Senator Smart Adeyemi.
The simple truth he said is that more and more people will be decamping to the APC from the Kogi west senatorial district because of the governorship ambition of the district which time has come.
In decamping with his supporters at the event, Hon Fred Dada put a question of if the people of the district would only vote for candidates who are from the Kogi west district in the governorship election to vote three times and three times the people answered in the affirmative.
Immediately after him, Hon.simon Nathaniel, a former chairman of Kabba-Bunu local government and also a former member of the state house of Assembly supported the motion that his people would only vote for whatever party that fielded only candidate from Kogi west district, he equally put the question to vote and it was a resounding affirmative yes all the way because after 30 years of the creation of the state, it is now time for the Kogi west to produce the next governor in the interest of peace, justice and stability of the state.
Both Alhaji Yahaya Salisu and J.D.Aronse equally spoke in the same vein and moved motions in this regard and it also have the affirmative approval of the over 5000 party officials, leaders and faithfuls that indeed they have agreed to vote for only candidate from Kogi west extraction fielded by any party for the guber polls.
In reply, Senator Smart Adeyemi after thanking them for voting enmass for the Tinubu/Shettima ticket and for the victory of the APC in the district, he alluded to the fact that he was contesting for the seat of the governor of the state because it was indeed time for the district to produce a governor after supporting the two other brotherly district to produce a governor.
He advice the APC in the state to replicate the doctrine which the northern governor’s and leaders used in zoning the party’s Presidential ticket to the South at last year’s Presidential primaries that produced Bola Tinubu from the Southwest zone of the country as it’s Presidential candidate because that same doctrine would be required for the Kogi west people to emerge as the governor of Kogi state in the next guber election in the state.
Noting also that if that doctrine can work at the federal level for the peace,stability and progress of the party, it can be replicated also to work in Kogi state.
The senator acknowledged that Providence has already embedded greatness in the state with the deposited minerals and tourism potentials of the state that only needed a leadership with the needed vision, skillset and determination to make the state work to bring out this greatness.
He talked about steel and iron, he talked about crude oil, he talked about cement, he talked about the tourism potential of the state, he talked about the capacity of the state to generate solar energy, and the abundance of water in the state, all blessings that needed a capable leadership to harness for the good of our people.
Pledging to as governor to build a modern conference centre that will be sited at the point of the confluence river to attract investments and recreation and a five star hotel will equally be built and sited along that same river that will attract the attention of all Nigerians and visitors from all over the world to Kogi state.
He also stated that each year of his administration, the state would construct a fly over bridge to open up the state capital Lokoja, that will form a new Lokoja town that would be a befitting city for everyone to be proud of rather than the small space that is being occupied and effort would be made to embark on agro-alied industry that will create job opportunities and empower the young generation to be self sustaining among others that he promised.