2019: Kogi APC gets 12, 000 Membership Boost from PDP, APGA
By Halimat Isah
The winning streak of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Kogi State could extend to 2019 unchallenged as its electoral value was boosted Saturday by over 12, 000 members of the other political parties who defected to the ruling party.
The defectors, who were mostly members of the People’s Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), from Bassa Local Government Area of the state, sited the good leadership qualities of the Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello as reason for their decision to move in droves to the APC.
Speaking on behalf of the defectors at the Local Government Headquarters in Oguma, Hon. Omale Idris, a former councilor in the area said the developmental drives of Governor Bello since he assumed office about two years ago were admirable, adding, “we cannot help but to join the success story of the young governor who has brought, unity, peace and security to the once volatile state in less than two years.”
The former council legislator commended Bello for his good work and assured him of their support ahead of the 2019 gubernatorial election.
While receiving the defectors, Governor Bello who was represented at the occasion by his Deputy Governor, Elder Simon Achuba, said the decision to join APC by the former members of APGA and PDP was a further conviction that the New Direction government was on track and its effort in repositioning the state was being appreciated by the people.
Alhaji Bello called on all the people in Bassa to join hands with the APC for a uniform focus that could engender rapid development in the area, saying no community could attract positive development without aligning and cooperating with the party in government.
He advised those that were yet to align themselves with his administration to do so as his government was doing everything humanly possible to transform the state in the interest of its citizens.
The Governor urged the people to forgive one another as conflicts, according to him, were inevitable in every human relation, while advising them to resolve their differences with maturity and maintain peace amongst themselves.
He said that “the modern day politics and voting pattern have drastically changed as every vote now counts; hence there is the need for the people to work in unity to deliver the area to APC.”
The governor assured that all the defectors would be given equal opportunity and treated fairly in the party’s scheme of things, adding that “I am impressed with your decision to defect and I know your decision will pay off.”
The Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Edward Onoja, who also spoke at the occasion, described as unfortunate the underdevelopment of the area despite the community's loyalty to previous administrations, saying, “PDP deceived the people of Bassa for 13yrs, without bringing to them any meaningful development.”
Mr. Onoja noted that the present administration in less than two years in office had awarded road projects and mobilized contractors to sites to complete those that were abandoned bymplete those that were abandoned by the PDP.
While assuring the people that the Sheria/Oguma link bridge would soon receive due attention, he added that the leadership of Governor Bello since it began in January 2016 had appointed numerous sons and daughters of the local government into various offices.
He described as excellent the large number of defectors in the area and explained further that “the good God who in his wisdom made Yahaya Bello to become the governor at this time will provide resources for the execution of meaningful projects that will have direct bearing on the lives of the people.”