By Kingsley Fanwo
The duo of Mr. Emmanuel Enesi Ozigi, PPA governorship candidate in the last Kogi governorship election and Hon. James Abiodun Faleke, Deputy Governor-Elect of the state salute Kogites at Christmas and wish the state a better 2016.
In a separate message to the people of the state, the two political leaders called on their supporters to look forward and work for a better Kogi State.
Ozigi, in a message personally signed by him and made available to press men, called for a reorientation of the leadership perception in the state with a promise to stand by his commitment to a better Kogi.
The message: “The year 2015 was a challenging one for our dear state as we were offered the opportunity to deepen our drive towards a democratic culture. I thank all Kogites, especially those who believed in my candidacy as the real page of hope. I will always be at the service of the Kogi people.
“As confusion envelopes our dear state at the moment, I urge you all to see Kogi as a bigger project than personal interest and rise to the occasion to defend our hopes and aspirations. We must live our dream of a better Kogi whether we are in office or outside of it.
“Let me key into the spirit of the season to wish my christian brothers and sisters a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year as a I pray for the redemption of our dear state in the coming year.
“I also want to reiterate my total commitment that made me step out to save Kogi from lack of visionary leadership. To that I remain irrevocably commited. My bond to Kogi development is iron-cast”.
Ozigi urged the people of the state to pray for peace and stability of the state and the nation in 2016.
In a related development, Hon. James Abiodun Faleke on his part, thanked the people of the state for standing by him in the political turbulence that followed the death of his boss, Prince Abubakar Audu.
Addressing his supporters at his Ekinrin Adde residence during his birthday celebrations on the Christmas day, Faleke said his decision to approach the tribunal was aimed at protecting the mandate given to the Audu/Faleke ticket on November 21, saying he was hopeful that the judiciary will do justice to the issue.
“I want to thank you all for standing by the Audu/Faleke ticket. I have no words to describe the late Prince Abubakar Audu but I am determined to carry on from where that uncommon character stopped.
We campaigned together so we are thoroughly abreast of our campaign promises.
“My struggle for declaration as Kogi Governor-Elect is not a selfish adventure, but a strong desire to protect the rule of law. We need to protect democracy in this country.
I am not fighting any individual, but a system that wants to rob Peter to pay Paul. Let it be told today that I remain a solid member of our great party, the All Progressives Congress”.
Faleke used the occasion to plead with his supporters to continue to pursue the dream of the Rescue Mission peacefully, assuring them that there is light at the end of the tunnel.