ATABOR JULIUS LOKOJA.
A youths group in Kogi state, under the umbrella of Progressive Youth Alliance, has resolved to support the governorship ambition of Barrister Babatunde Irukera, even as it warned against giving the All Progressive Congress,(APC) ticket to incumbent Governor Yahaya Bello.
The group cautioned the national leadership of APC on the danger inherent in fielding Bello as it’s standard flag bearer, saying that the victory of the party cannot be guaranteed with such arrangement.
The spokesperson of the group, Comrade Amos Alfa while addressing journalists in Lokoja, noted that Bello’s administration would be remembered in the history of Kogi State for its atrocity against the people over his nonchalant attitude to payment of workers salary and pensions.
According to him” The present administration does not represent the yearnings of the good people of Kogi State therefore, this negates the party principle and what the part stands for.
” It is instructive to note that he is daily depleting the goodwill of the party even beyond the borders of Kogi State.
” Contrary to public opinion that Governor Yahaya Bello set the stage for President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory during the 2019 Presidential election, It was a lie peddled to undermine the efforts of some committed members of the party at the state and local government level.
“It was the collective efforts of people who believed in the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari that worked assiduously to ensure the victory of the party in Kogi State,” He informed.
The group declared that under the umbrella of Progressive Youth Alliance which it said is an amalgamation of various support groups across the state, ” we have spoken in one accord and we collectively resolve to call on the Director General Consumer Protection Council (CPC), Barrister Babatunde Irukera to throw his hat in the ring by contesting the forthcoming governorship election in kogi state.
According to him, Irukera is a bridge-builder, a consensus builder, and committed to the visions and principles of the APC , stressing that he is tested, proven, qualified and most suitable for the task of being the party candidate in the forthcoming election.
“We want to use this medium to implore him to rise to the yearning of his people by taking the bold step of vying for the party ticket. We are not saying that it must be Babatunde Irukera, but we are confident that of all the people so far evaluated, he is the most qualified” It noted.