Spread the love

Kogi State, Nigeria – Muritala Ajaka, the Social Democratic Party’s (SDP) candidate for the governorship election on November 11, 2023, in Kogi State, has expressed his stance on the party’s ticket allocation. Ajaka firmly stated that he would not have participated in the race if Governor Yahaya Bello and the ruling All Progressives Congress had given the party’s ticket to a candidate from the Kogi West Senatorial District.

Ajaka made these remarks during his appearance on Wednesday’s episode of Channels Television’s Politics Today program. With the party primaries concluded, Ajaka is now in the race for the upcoming governorship poll, alongside Usman Ododo of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Dino Melaye of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), among other contenders.

It is important to note that while Ajaka hails from the Kogi East Senatorial District, Ododo represents Kogi Central, and Melaye is from Kogi West. Ajaka was previously a member of the APC National Working Committee (NWC) but parted ways with the party after failing to secure its governorship ticket. Ododo, an ally of the incumbent governor and former Auditor General of Local Government in the state, emerged as the APC candidate.

Regarding the claims made by the Okun people in Kogi West, who argue that it is their turn to produce the next governor of the state, Ajaka emphasized the principles of fairness and sincerity from Governor Bello. He stated that if Bello had genuinely chosen a candidate from the West, he would have urged his supporters in the East to wait patiently for their turn. Ajaka pointed out that even during consecutive governorship terms in the East, it was never the same local government in power.

Ajaka expressed his disappointment that the APC decided to grant the ticket to a candidate from the same ward as the governor, which he considered unjustifiable. This motivated him to enter the race as an SDP candidate since the ruling APC did not select a candidate from Kogi West.

Furthermore, he mentioned that if the APC had chosen a candidate from the West, he and other candidates would have engaged with their supporters in the East to discuss a fair distribution of political power. Ajaka stressed that the Western region of the state lacks the necessary numerical strength to secure victory in an election, urging them to unite with the people of the East to combat their “common enemy.”

Additionally, Ajaka reported instances of violence and attacks against himself and his supporters to the relevant security agencies, highlighting the need for a peaceful and secure electoral process.

Ajaka further emphasized the importance of unity and collaboration among the people of Kogi State. He stated that those in the Western side of the state, though lacking in numerical strength, should align themselves with the people of the East in order to overcome their “common enemy.” By joining forces, Ajaka believes they can create a formidable front that will enhance their chances of achieving positive change and progress for the entire state.

Highlighting the reported cases of violence and attacks against himself and his supporters, Ajaka called upon the security agencies to thoroughly investigate these incidents and take necessary action to ensure the safety of all participants in the electoral process. He stressed the significance of a peaceful and secure environment for conducting free and fair elections, encouraging all stakeholders to prioritize the well-being of the citizens.

As the governorship race intensifies with Ajaka representing the SDP, Ododo from the APC, and Melaye from the PDP, among other candidates, the upcoming November 11 election promises to be a decisive moment for Kogi State. The electorate will have the opportunity to choose their future leader, and the candidates will continue to campaign vigorously, presenting their visions and plans for the development and progress of the state.

The eyes of the nation will be on Kogi State as the governorship election unfolds, and the outcome will undoubtedly shape the political landscape of the region. As the campaigns progress, it remains to be seen how the candidates will address the concerns and aspirations of the people, offering their ideas and solutions to the challenges faced by the state.

Kogi State residents eagerly anticipate a peaceful and transparent election process, with the hope that their votes will contribute to the selection of a capable and dedicated leader who will steer the state towards prosperity and improved livelihoods for all its citizens.

By Editor

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *