Mustapha Mona Audu, son of late former Kogi Governor Abubakar Audu, has asserted that he picked up the expression of interest and nomination forms to contest the governorship primary on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) to alleviate the suffering of “every single Kogites”.
Concise News reports that Audu made this known while addressing a news conference on Thursday, shortly after he obtained the forms at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja.
“I pick this form for simple reason, this form is for the people of Kogi state, it is also for the people for all those civil servants in Kogi state that do not get their salaries,” he said.
“And every single Kogites that is suffering today, this is your form. Every single young person in Kogi state that aspires to be something, this is your form.
“Every woman in Kogi state that wants to be recognised, this is your form, every pensioner that has not been paid, this is your form.”
He expressed optimism that he would get the ruling party’s ticket either through direct or indirect primary for the November 16 governorship poll.
“To be honest, personally direct primary or indirect primary election, I’m not much bothered, I will win anyone,” he added.
“But other aspirants and stakeholders are clamouring for a direct primary election and in a democracy, it is good to listen to what people want. So my advice to the party is to listen to what the people want.
“But what I do know is that this will be our victory. So, direct primaries or indirect primaries, we look forward to our victory come Aug. 29, 2019.”
According to the young aspirant, women in Kogi have had difficult times, and he wants to empower them.
He said, “We will start this by having 50 per cent affirmation. 50 per cent of our cabinet will be filled by women.
“Women will form half of the boards of directors that we will appoint, half of the entrepreneurs that we will empower will be women.
“We want the women of Kogi state, the women of Nigeria to know that one state in Nigeria stands tall in their defence.”