- Traditional rulers in Kogi have come under iintense criticisms for their conduct in the satte ahead of the November governorship election
- A group, Save Kogi Movement, has cautioned the monarchs to be fathers to all despite political leanings
- The group urged President Muhammadu Buhari to be wary of the planned visit of the Kogi monarchs
A group, Save Kogi Movement, has decried the role of Kogi traditional rulers in the state ahead of the November governorship election.
The group cautioned the monarchs to be fathers to all, weigh their actions, and conduct themselves respectfully, so as to speak the minds of their people alaways.
The group's stance was contained in a statement by its coordinator, Commodore Folusho Daniels, sent to Legit.ng on Tuesday, June 18.
Daniels described the proposed visit to President Muhammadu Buhari by selected traditional rulers in the state and their proposed speech as “a function of coercion that is not the minds of the Kogi people.”
He described the planned visit of the monarchs as “one that is forcefully done by the governor to get relevance having failed in providing good governance.”
He expressed disgust that, “the traditional rulers who are aware of the sufferings of their citizens, who have had to live a life of penury, would allow themselves to be used.”
The group urged President Buhari to see the visit of the Kogi monarchs, “as another gimmick geared towards painting a bad situation currently experienced in the state.”
Commodore Daniels also drew the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari to the several speeches and interviews granted by Dr Alhaji Ado Ibrahim, the Ohinoyi of Ebira land, and leader of the delegation that would visit Aso Rock, to the failure of the governor Yahaya Bello’s administration in the state in the past.
He urged the president to juxtapose the monarch's past remarks to the content of his prepared and handed speech, adding that it is not be a true reflection of state of things in Kogi state.
While calling on President Buhari to see the visit of the traditional rulers as “another game plan to mislead Mr. President on the happenings in Kogi state,” the group lamented the sacrifice of integrity above the interest of the state by the enlisted traditional rulers.
The group described the planned visit as “a visit of strange bed fellows who would not be speaking the minds of Kogi people, even as they urged the president to “take their prepared speech given to them with a pinch of salt.”
Meanwhile, a civil society and good governance advocacy group sympathetic to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Confluence Rescue Mission (COREM), has stated that Governor Yahaya Bello is not popular among the electorates in Kogi state.
The group also appealed to the national leadership of the APC to take a critical look at the outcome of the screening of governorship candidates by the Kogi East Elders Committee (KEEC), saying it is the voice of the people and a strong indication of their leaning.
The KEEC had pruned down the candidates of the APC and the Peoples Democratic Party to five aspirants leaving out Governor Bello.
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