- The Kogi state APC campaign council has rejected the purported endorsement of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar by the Kogi East Elders and Council (KEEC)
- Director-General of the APC campaign council in the state, Mr Edward Onoja, described the endorsement as 'totally inconsequential'
- Onoja who is also the chief of staff to the Kogi state government, said members of the KEEC only serve the interest of their members, families and cronies
The Kogi state APC campaign council has rejected the purported endorsement of all Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidates, including the presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, by the Kogi East Elders and Council (KEEC).
Director-General of the APC campaign council in the state, Mr. Edward Onoja in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Thursday, February 14, described the endorsement as 'totally inconsequential.'
Onoja who is also the chief of staff to the Kogi state government, said members of the KEEC only serve the interest of their members, families and cronies
Part of the statement read: “KEEC endorsement of all PDP candidates is not a problem at all as they are well within their rights to back any candidate of their choice.
“The problem is when they are too ashamed of their ruined reputations to endorse in their own names, but go ahead to ascribe their unfortunate conduct to the innocent Kogi East communities, in particular, the proud and upright people of the great Igala and Bassa kingdoms.
“Who indeed is surprised that Ahmadu Ali, Nicholas Ugbane, Gabriel Aduku, Attai Aidoko, Ibrahim Idris, Idris Wada and other members of the inconsequential PDP support group they call Kogi East Elders Council have endorsed PDP's line up of misfits in any election?
“Everyone knows that these men are the founding fathers and leaders of the PDP, and that they, their families and friends benefitted the most from the 13 and 16 years respectively during which the PDP ran wild in Kogi state and Nigeria, wrecking our social fabric and mismanaging lives and destinies for the living and those yet unborn.
“It is when KEEC lies to the world that the 9 local governments of Kogi East have resolved to support the PDP on February 16 that we must rise up and prove that they lied. We must show that these men are merely PDP operatives still suffering severe pains from the rebuke our people and the rest of Nigeria gave them in 2015.
“They rejected their party's nemesis, President Muhammadu Buhari, because he disconnected them from our public resources and not because of any acts or omissions of Governor Yahaya Bello as they have claimed.”
Onoja said the KEEC adopted Atiku not because they think he can improve on anything President Buhari has accomplished in office, “but because of his well publicised plans for his friends, those whom he insists are entitled to be enriched with assets taken from the poor and given to the rich.”
“But without mincing words, we hereby let them know that we are not fools, and that we not only reject their rejection of President Buhari and APC, but we reject them and their PDP party of corruption and confusion.
“This affront is doubly offensive. They have not only lied that we in Kogi East sent them when we have not. They have tried to take Kogi East and Kogi state from the forefront of Mr. President's supporters to the rear,” he added.
He said members of the KEEC did nothing by way of developmental projects for Kogi East when they held sway in Kogi state and at the federal level for over one and a half decades.
According to him, they are angry because new-breed appointees empowered by Governor Yahaya Bello have empowered tens of thousands of other youths while individually and collectively accomplishing more for Kogi East in 3 years than they did in 16 years that they were in power.
He further said their endorsement of PDP is an indication they are sworn enemies of the best interests of Kogi East and all of Kogi state.
“On Saturday, being the 16th of this month of #FeBuhari2019 we will go out as Kogi Easterners and Kogites of all extractions and persuasions and we will vote President Muhammadu Buhari and APC for a second term. We will vote them because they have shown us good faith and because we need more.
“I, Edward Onoja, is a bona fide son of Kogi East and a witness to the perfidies of those who are now hiding behind KEEC because they dare not show their faces to our people in their own name. I am also a witness to the massive positive differences that Buhari and his son Bello have made.
“I am a witness and I ask KEEC to hear me and hear me well: His Excellency, President Buhari will be reelected on Saturday and the APC will do exceptionally well among our people. In November we will repeat the feat with His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello. By the end of their respective second terms, the paradigm shift will be so much that KEEC will be a forgotten memory.
“We have seen what good and forthright leadership, by even strangers, can do and we cannot return to slavery and bondage. We have seen the light,We reject in totality all forms of darkness and those who run errands for it,” he concluded.
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Meanwhile, a faction of the KEEC have endorsed President Buhari for a second term in office ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The elders also dissociated themselves from a purported statement credited to the council urging the Igala and Bassa people not to vote for the president to prevent the perceived re-election of Governor Yahaya Bello.
The KEEC faction urged the people of Kogi East to come out during the polls and vote for continuity, adding that President Buhari and Governor Bello are not the problem of the Kogi East people.
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