Inevitably, we’re drawing closer to the all-important Kogi governorship showdown. As expected, governorship candidates from different political platforms are sketching and mapping out divergent strategies to win the highest political seat in the land.
A look further will no doubt x-ray the chances of these candidates across the three senatorial districts, though unevenly distributed as Kogi East accounts for nearly 80% of the total candidates jostling to succeed Alhaji Yahaya Bello.
In recent times, there have been a series of meetings and conversations between political bigwigs of the Igala kingdom; they’re reportedly deliberating on a common front heading into the November 11th elections. This is a welcome development, especially for pro-Igala voters who are hell-bent on the propagation of Igala unity heading into the polls.
It’s now pertinent that we aggressively scrutinize the chances of these candidates as well as the likely legal litigation typical of our democratic setting.
As a pro-Igala, it’ll be my greatest honor to witness the installation of the Igala governor in January 2024 without considering whether or not the person is rich or not. This calls for the utmost scrutiny of candidates by our political icons, who are believed to be championing the cause.
An independent investigation has shown that more than half of the Igala candidates currently holding party tickets are subject to serious legal litigation. We’ve heard cases of some candidates who held parallel primary elections, those with O’level certificate forgeries, and those who only crossed the carpet to another political party without due process. All these must be taken into consideration as we bid to reclaim the state.
More importantly, there is a need to look inward more critically and bestow the trust of our kingdom on the young and fresh bloods with their party tickets without considering their financial strength or political party.
I sincerely urge the committee to look critically without compromise and bring anyone deemed free of the aforementioned points to the Promised Land.
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