From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
Jibrin, second left with his supporters
A head of November 16 governorship election in kogi state, clergy men under the aeges of Council of Ministers in the State have endorsed Vice Admiral Jibrin Usman, (rtd), saying that the Lord has told them that among the myriads of aspirants, he is the only one that will lead the state to the promise land.
At a press conference in Lokoja yesterday, the spokesman of the group, Bishop Paul Johnpaul said their decision to back the retired Naval officer, besides spiritual revelation, was based on his pedigree, capacity and ability to move the state to enviable heights.
He pointed out that Admiral Usman who is contesting under the platform of the All Progressives Congress, is a man of integrity, who has all it takes to take the state to another level of development.
According to him, they decided to speak out because the state needs credible leader at the moment, considering the fact that we are at crossroads, adding that Kogi under Admiral Usman would witness accelerated development.
He averred that Admiral Usman is a man of vision, who would put the state on sound economic pedestal, if given the mandate to lead the state, calling on well meaning people of the state to collectively work together in ensuring positive change in the coming dispensation.
Johnpaul therefore stressed the need for the people of the state to support the retired military officer who has a laudable and people oriented programmes aimed at repositioning the state.
He equally enjoined the Independent National Electoral Commission to do its best, in ensuring a credible, free and fair process, stressing that considering the ugly experience of the last three and half years, the state deserve a better deal.
The clergyman further emphasized the need for the people of the state to shun all acts capable of causing crisis before, during and after the governorship poll, maintaining that election should not be seen as do or die affair.
It was gathered that the members of the group were drawn from all the different Christian denominations, including the Pentecostal, protestant and catholic faith group.