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President Bola Tinubu has called on the people of Kogi West Senatorial District to prioritize peace and unity as they prepare for the forthcoming gubernatorial elections in the State.

During a meeting with leaders of the Okun Development Association, led by Professor Micheal Ikupolati, at the Presidential Villa on Thursday, President Tinubu assured the delegation of his commitment to address their concerns regarding marginalization and the need for fair representation in the governance of their state.

The delegation expressed unwavering support for the Tinubu administration and sought the President’s backing for Kogi West Senatorial District to have the opportunity to produce the next Governor of the state. This would mark the first time in 27 years since the state’s creation in 1991 that the district would have a chance to produce the governor.

Responding to their appeal, the President highlighted the essence of democracy as a system of horse trading, numbers, and conflict resolution. He appreciated the leadership and position of the delegation and acknowledged the close working relationship with James Faleke during the tenure of late Prince Audu.

President Tinubu addressed the issue of power rotation and constitutional provisions aimed at ensuring equal rights for all Senatorial Districts. He pledged to thoroughly examine the matter of fair representation, recalling the past agreement on power rotation made by late Prince Abubakar Audu and other leaders. However, he acknowledged that unforeseen events can influence such arrangements and acknowledged the divine will of God Almighty.

The President assured the group that he would carefully consider all their concerns surrounding the November elections to ensure fairness, justice, and equity. He emphasized that democracy operates on the principle of numbers, while assuring the delegation of his sincere attention to the issues raised.

In his charge to the people of Kogi West Senatorial District, President Tinubu encouraged them to display love, patience, and solidarity towards one another and members of other Senatorial districts in the State.

Professor Micheal Ikupolati appealed to the President for his intervention in directing security agencies to ensure a fair and peaceful election process during the elections scheduled for November 11, 2023. Additionally, the group requested the enforcement of the Biometric Voter Authentication System (BVAS) in the upcoming election in Kogi State.

The Kogi West Senatorial District Leader of Thought highlighted the historical support their region has provided to other districts in the past, underscoring the significance of their appeal for power shift.

Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, reported the proceedings of the meeting on August 3, 2023.

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