THE All Progressive Congress, (APC) governorship aspirant in Kogi State that was disqualified by the APC screening committee, Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin has said that he will remain a committed member of the party despite the decision of the party to uphold the decision of the screening panel to edge him out of the governorship race.
He made this known in a statement issued on Thursday which a copy was made available to newsmen in Lokoja through his media aide.
He thanked all his teeming supporters for the show of love and enduring commitment to the rescue team in the past few months
The statement reads in part, “i Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin RTD, the All Progressive Congress APC, governorship aspirant in Kogi State, wish to state that I and my supporters will abide by the party’s NWC decision to uphold the report of the screening and appeal panels.
“I wish to Allay fears being entertained in the political circle in Kogi state over the development and wish to categorically reinstate that we shall remain loyal members of the party.
“My humblest gratitude and appreciation goes to all my teeming supporters, the RESCUE TEAM across the state ably led by my DG, Engr. George Olumoroti for their show of enduring love and affection throughout our tour, strategic meetings and Consultations across the 21 Local Government Areas of the State.
“Kogites have demonstrated that they have an unshakeable belief in the rescue mission of Usman Jibrin, and this I hold close to my heart and will ever remain indelible in my heart.
“However, rather than disintegration, we will turn this development to strength with which to lift the banner of our great party to greater heights.
“All the aspirants of APC in Kogi State are real men of courage, so, we have seen this large number as a thing of joy that we are likely to slug it out and fight. The truth is that Kogi State parades high-quality gentlemen who are capable of running the state better.
“But the point I am making is that I have resolved that my aspiration is not a matter for myself. It is a matter for the party.
“The supremacy of the party is not in doubt. In other words, the issue of our state, which is the place of our birth, is also more important to us than our personal interests.
“As a result, if the ambition is to serve our people through our party, we must, therefore, resolve to ensure that whatever is the decision of the party becomes supreme.
“I urge all to continue to pray for our leaders that God should guide them to be able to harness the resources, the potentials in all of us for the benefits of the state with the ultimate goal of winning the election.
“I urge everyone who believed in the APC project to forget whatever happened during and after the gubernatorial aspirants screening, remain calm and work for the success of the party.
“I hold all my supporters in high regard and for believing in my principles and vision, as borne out of my love for our people and the development of the state. You have all done so well. And I am sure that your labour of love and patriotism would not go in vain because Kogi will surely be great and match the dreams of our founding fathers.
“However, I want to appeal to you to bury all hatchets that happened during the screening. Let us keep this party alive in Kogi State and work together as one by remaining committed and dedicated to its success in the gubernatorial election in November 2019.
“I sincerely appeal to my supporters to remain in APC. We are to work for the party and its success at polls. We have a duty to help the Nigerian political process to further evolve. We owe the generations yet unborn a better, progressive and well developed Kogi State.