A political organisation in Kogi West, Okun United has proclaimed its support for the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Alhaji Ododo Ahmed Usman for the November 11 governorship election.
Their support was declared at the official unveiling of Okun United for Ododo-Joel Project 2023 in the state’s Kabba Local Government Area.
The Kogi State governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, who was represented by the APC State Chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Bello, used the opportunity to praise the APC’s Okun extraction for uniting behind the party’s candidate, declaring victory for the party.
He thanked the event’s convener, stressing that Bello has led a well-functioning administration system.
“Today, the Okun extraction of the APC has decided to unite for Ododo to speak with one voice. I have no doubt in my mind about the victory, the election is as good as over, seeing the calibre of people, I am proud and happy,” he said.
“I want to appreciate the convener and other leaders in ensuring that this is happening in Kabba,” he added.
The governor, however, tasked the party leaders to create a conducive platform for the defectors from PDP, because they would add value to the electoral chances of the ruling party.
“Nobody owns APC, we must be up and doing, we must see results, we must work for our candidate during this election and protect our votes.” he added.
The Grand Patron of the Okun United, Mr David Jimoh in his opening remarks, said the project was to support Ododo/Joel mandate and to deliver their mandate to the governorship candidate by November.
“I am happy we are here today as a people united to say that, on Ododo mandate we shall stand. We have a mandate and our mandate is to deliver come November, it is a done deal.
“ I want to assure you that we will leave no stone unturned to deliver the mandate because he is our best belt.”
Coordinator of the project, who was Adviser on Security to the Governor, Duro Omodara, said the project was not just a group but a solid platform, conceived to make valuable contributions towards the forthcoming election.
“Okunland desires collective umbrella that will direct and unite us for common goals and objectives, this platform is expected to go beyond the upcoming elections.
“It is expected to remain a solid platform to support the government articulate developmental programmes for our people.”
“ We therefore call on all, not to look at the book cover, but the rich content that we intend to unfold that would lead us to greater heights,” he said.