From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
An aspirant to the Kogi state House of Assembly from Kabba/ Bunu state constituency of kogi state on the platform of the All Progressive Congress ( APC) Hon. John Olusegun, has challenged the APC and stakeholders from the zone to honour the age long rotational arrangement for the area.
Olusegun, a lone aspirant from the Bunu district of the constituency also appealed to governor Yahaya Bello and the leadership of APC and the stakeholders from Kabba / Bunu Local Government Area not to jettison the gentleman agreement for rotation in the interest of an individual who wants to be returned for the second term.
The Assembly Aspirant disclosed that in the last dispensation, the incumbent member of the House Hon. Ojo Nathaniel Taiwo from Bunu district has everything working for him to be returned but the stakeholders impressed on him to drop his ambition for the sake of the rotational arrangement.
The student union leader turned politician noted that despite Taiwo being from Bunu , the people of Bunu District overwhelming voted against him to keep the rotational arrangement saying Kabba people has a moral burden to support his candidature from the Bunu district.
Against the backdrop of insinuations that the governor Yahaya Bello has an anointed aspirant , he said he has refused to believe the story saying the governor has repeatedly denied the insinuations.
He appealed to the governor who he called man of conscience and integrity to honour his words by making a categorical statement to douse the tension.
Olusegun , a 30 year old graduate of Religion and Philosophy and capped with a Masters in Public Administration, urged the leadership not keep empowering those aspirants who were already empowered as they will later turned against them.
” I’m asking the governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello not to empower those who were already empowered. They will create harm rather than good in the forthcoming 2019 general elections. The Governor should support youth , and groom those who are ready to work with him, because the teeth he has sharpened will bite him.
” The Governor knows and respect rotation and as a leader of the party (APC) and who want the party to wax strong should not give automatic ticket to any aspirant no matter his status. I believed him that he will not deny his words ” He advised.
Olusegun who is contesting the primary of the APC against his major challenger , the current Speaker of the Kogi state House of Assembly Hon. Matthew Kolawole , said he is optimistic that his antecedents will give him the day while calling on the delegates to vote according to their conscience.