The former vice chairmen of Kogi local governments, party executives, and more than 200 PDP members from Okene Local Government Area and Rt Hon Momojimoh Lawal, the former speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, announced their defection to the APC on Wednesday.
Numerous opposition stakeholders who publicly announced their defection during a visit to Governor Yahaya Bello in Lokoja said they fully supported Usman Ododo, the APC candidate, in the next governorship election on November 11.
Momojimoh particularly stated that the PDP stakeholders will support the APC candidate through vigorous mobilisation efforts across not only the Kogi Central Senatorial District but also the entire state, while acknowledging the governor’s outstanding efforts to advance the state’s infrastructure.
“On behalf of my political associates and supporters, I unequivocally pledge our steadfast support for the candidacy of Alhaji Ododo Ahmed Usman (OAU) and Comrade Joel Oyibo Salifu (JOS) for Governor and Deputy Governor, respectively.
“We reaffirm our comprehensive dedication to future endeavours, including extensive mobilisation efforts spanning the Kogi Central Senatorial District and Kogi State at large. With trust in you and the other esteemed stakeholders of the ruling All Progressives Congress, as we move forward, we hereby formally announce our membership of the party as of today.”, he declared
While welcoming the stakeholders, Yahaya Bello praised them for their brave choice to join the opposition party and their eagerness to make a significant contribution to the development of the state.
He reaffirmed his steadfast dedication to sustaining an inclusive administration that grants both seasoned and new members of the All Progressives Congress equal opportunity, enabling them to work together for the general welfare of the public.
Governor Bello emphasised the significance of promoting harmony among the various ethnic groups within the state and expressed his delight in his administration’s success in bridging long-standing ethnic and clannish differences. He saw this as a victory for the people’s unity and as a lasting legacy.
Vice Chairmen Usman Anako and Momojimoh Kesty from the Okene Local Government, as well as former PDP Secretary Mathew Lawal and Mamman Enesi, were in attendance at the meeting.
As the election in November approaches, the gathering marked a dramatic change in Kogi State’s political climate.