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Dep. Gov thanks PDP delegates for choosing Wada

By Kingsley Fanwo

..as former Dep Gov, Salawu emerges LP candidate
Kogi State Deputy Governor, Arc. Abayomi Awoniyi has expressed gratitude to the PDP delegates who voted massively to give victory to Governor Idris Wada, assuring them that the governor will work hard to deliver victory to the party.

Deputy Governor Yomi Awoniyi
Deputy Governor Yomi Awoniyi

Speaking exclusively to Vanguard in his office Monday, Awoniyi called for a “a concert and coalition of efforts” to ensure the party remains dominant in the state.

According to the Deputy Governor, the PDP was not as divided as the media hype suggested prior to the primary. He said they remained members of the same family.

“With the 709 votes that were cast to make Capt. Idris Wada the candidate of our party in the November governorship poll, you have once again expressed great support for the governor’s policies that have transformed the state. But the 139 delegates that voted against us have also sent a message: that our party needs to reach out to certain leaders of our great party to ensure that we consolidate our transformation programmes.

“The government of Capt Idris Wada has helped to transform the economy of the state. Our policies in the educational, agricultural and healthcare sectors have been applauded by the people. In promising what we hope to do in the next four years if we have the mandate of the Kogi, we can also point to our various achievements.

“We have not addressed all the problems militating against our development as a people, but we can say we have laid a solid foundation for sustainable development. We hope to use the next four years to cement the place of this administration in the history of the state through radical infrastructural development.

“As a government, we have a clear knowledge of where we are coming from and where we want to be. I have no doubt that the governor will continue to focus on people-oriented programs that will push our economy forward”.

Also, Awoniyi assured residents of Lokoja of government’s commitment to make the city one of the most beautiful in the nation.

He said government is focusing on the tourism potential of the city and has invested heavily on ensuring a cleaner Lokoja.

In his words: “If you take a drive round Lokoja city, you will discover a gradual change in environmental sanitation. We are beginning to reap the dividends of our investments in the environmental and waste management sector. Also, I want to assure all Kogites that this administration will do all in its powers to ensure the completion of the ongoing Lokoja Township road projects. As a responsible government, we want to deliver the kind of quality all Kogites will be proud of”, he said.

..as former Dep Gov, Salawu emerges LP candidate

Mr. Philip Salawu,   the immediate past Deputy Governor of Kogi State has emerged the candidate of Labour Party in a keenly contested primary in Lokoja, Tuesday.

Salawu, who scored 89 votes to beat his sole challenger, Mr. Akubo Adegbe said he is in the governorship race to rescue the state from further decline. Akubo scored 39 votes while one invalid post was recorded.Speaking after his nomination, Salawu promised to restore workers’ confidence in government through prompt payment of salaries, pensions and gratuities.”As a government of workers, we will ensure prompt payment of salaries and pensions. It is unpardonable to owe workers wages when they have families to look after. A Labour Party government will ensure wages are paid.

My government will also work on empowering youths and women through agriculture and entrepreneurial schemes to strengthen our homes. We are concerned about the state of infrastructure in the state, especially our poor road network. Kogi deserves a better deal,” he said.The former Deputy Governor said a number of factors will give him an edge in the November 21 governorship election.”The people of Kogi State have seen the present government. They had seen a government by Prince Audu. I am sure they won’t find it difficult choosing between the three of us because as it stands, I hold the hope of a better Kogi State.”In as much as I would not want to be seen as an ethnic bigot, I am happy to be receiving great support from places and people outside my Senatorial District. This goes to show that Kogi is ready for original transformation and reestablishment of a genuine government of the people, by the people and for the people”.


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