The frontline aspirant of the All Progressives Party [APC] for the November 16 Kogi State governorship election ,Prince Mona Mustapha Audu , has promised to work towards the emancipation of the people from poverty and socio economic deprivations pervading the state.
Mustapha Mona Audu made the promise on Sunday in Lokoja , the state’s capital , when he kick started his campaign for the Lugard House which was witnessed by thousands of his supporters and party faithful who participated in a memorable “Walk for Freedom “ on June 16 to signify liberation of the people of the state.
He said he chose June 16 for the walk for its significance in the life of Africa’s liberation struggles, as it was on this day in 1976 that there was uprising of Soweto students against the then white minority government in South Africa a development that marked watershed in the liberation struggle of South Africa.
The young Audu, whose father, late Prince Abubakar Audu was coasting home to defeat the then incumbent, Capt. Idris Wada before his demise four years ago.
He promised to end the long sufferings of Kogi workers as well as thousands of our parents who have been languishing in poverty and want as a result of poverty and deprivations visited on them by an uncaring government.
“Today is our freedom day. My administration will stand for freedom. By the grace of God Almighty I will make this state great again.
He promised to make the welfare of the youths and that of women his priority, saying he will enunciate programmes and policies that will create jobs for the teeming youths and women in the state if he gets the mandate of his people.
On women in particular, he promised to reserve 50 percent of his cabinet and other key appointments to them.
Speaking in a similar vein, his wife, Zahrah Mustapha Audu, explained that her husband’s campaign slogan:”Kogi 1st for All, Kogi for all: Mona de come” was borne out of the urgent need and desire to heed to the call and tears of all us compatriots for the rescue of the state.
She added that her husband will work tirelessly towards ensuring economic independence and prosperity for the state to enable it tackle many challenges.
“Freedom where economic independence of the state will be secured so we are not held hostage to the dependency culture of allocation from the Federation Account . Take a look at the blue print of Lagos state policy on diversification for enhanced sustainability, or freedom from saboteurs that are threatening the survival of our collectively-owned state” She assured .
The walk which has participants from the 21 LGAs of the state, the FCT, Lagos and other states of the Federation, took off from the NTA junction to his family House at GRA, Lokoja, .