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The national chairman of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Ralphs Okey-Nwosu, has said that his party would reposition Kogi State through good governance and leadership if the candidate of the party, Honourable Leke Abejide, is elected governor in the November 11 election.

Speaking at ADC national headquarters in Abuja, on Tuesday, when a Coalition of Kogi Youths and Students visited him to declare their support for the governorship candidate of the party, Nwosu said Abejide had shown his capacity through his track record as a two-term member of the House of Representatives.


Nwosu, who spoke on ADC’s policy Trust for Kogi State, noted that he has a clear track record based on his constituency projects, adding that for Abejide to be elected twice in the midst of the other political parties shows his pedigree and resolve to work for the people.

He said: “The roads in Yagba East and West are better than any road in the entire State. I am confident that some of you from his constituency have also benefited from his generous initiatives and Educational Promotion Programs.

“Honourable Abejide’s theme is clear, Making Kogi a Super Confluence hub and number one in Infrastructure, education, Agriculture and industry. He is ready to empower the youths and create opportunities and the enabling environment to make the streets, roads and farmlands safe in Kogi for unprecedented transformation.”

Ralph-Nwosu added that the ADC candidate is ready to work with the elders, women groups and youths to embrace equity values to promote peace, justice and security. The people of Kogi have been sensitized to accept equity as the pathway to creating enormous possibilities and development opportunities for the state and indigenes to thrive.

“The fact that the insensitivity of governments in the state over the years halted development and created large-scale unemployment and youth restiveness which have resulted in the chaos of kidnapping, political thuggery and gangsterism, assassinations and general insecurity is clearly manifest. The confluence equity thrust will address this and create empowerment opportunities for all Kogites.

“The ADC Education Empowerment Programme which Honourable Leke Abejide has successfully led in his federal constituency will be extended to the entire State even before he gets the mantle to be governor, WAEC fees will be paid for all Kogi indigenes and scholarships provided for needy Students. This tradition, we shall continue in a robust and organized manner to make Kogi number one in education in a few years.

“To address the security challenge and support Kogi farmers, we will implement massive large- scale agriculture initiatives.

“New agripreneurs will be encouraged from our massive training and farm support programmes. All schools of agriculture and students studying agriculture will be supported on specific product cultivation schemes. This is aimed at making the State a world-record holder in the production of some essential produce like sesame-seeds, maize, cashew nuts.”

In his remarks, Honourable Abejide told the representatives of the youths and students that he was ready to serve the people and serious work was going on in the East, Central and West among leaders of the state who want equity to play out.

“The people have seen the type of work i have done as their representative in the last few years. On my own, I just wanted to continue to serve my people, but our leaders from the three senatorial zones taught it wise that I should come and replicate what I have been doing in my constituency across the state.

“I am in politics to serve, so there was no way I could have refused an opportunity to serve the people,” he said.

The youths, represented by their chairman, Comrade David Amanah, and Secretary, lMiss Joyce Adegbite, said they came to the ADC headquarters because of their resolve to embrace ADC and support Honourable Leke Abejide in the coming governorship election.

The youth leader Amanah insisted that the candidate is a man of his words and someone that has been tested and trusted, assuring the National Working Committee (NWC) that the youths will deliver 100 percent for Abejide.

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