Some stakeholders in Kogi/Koton Karfi local government, Wednesday, backed Usman Jubril of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the governorship seat.
Concise News learned that the stakeholders and other supporters during a meeting at Okpaka, Kogi LG, disclosed that their support for Jubril, a former chief of naval staff, is based on his capability to move the state to the next level.
Speaking on the mode of primaries, they said without bias to the mode of primary adopted by the national leadership of the party, Jubril’s remains the “man to beat” and the choice of Kogi people.
Addressing the large group of supporters, Musa Ibrahim, chairman, G11 Support Group for Jubril, disclosed that their support was not based on sentiments, but on the antecedents of the aspirant, who they said in less than eighteen months as naval chief, touched the lives of thousands of people within and outside of Kogi.
The stakeholders said: “If as a chief of staff, he can bring navy (Forward Operation Base) to Banda in Lokoja; he can bring navy to Idah; bring navy to Okene; and a befitting navy secondary school to Okura, in Kogi East; initiate women and youth empowerment programmes, all within eighteen months, how much more will such an individual deliver, on becoming governor of Kogi State. And, this is why we have decided on going the whole way to support him.
“I Kogi/Koton Karfe LG, we have decided not only to support, but to endorse Admiral Usman Jubril, and that’s why we called this stakeholders meeting from across the eleven wards, to reiterate our decision.
“We know Kogi is a complicated state that needs a matured mind to address the issues confronting us. And, irrespective of the mode of party primary adopted, or the deceit employed in securing same, our determination as a people will prevail in the choice of a candidate that will set Kogi free from the bandage.”
Lauding the stakeholders and APC adherents for their support, Jubril described the people of Lokoja as the political pacesetters of the state, and among those that have always supported progress.
The former chief of naval staff said: “I will not make salary payment an achievement, but the right of our people. We must set the agenda that will require that those in leadership are answerable to the people and that they give an account of all that they are entrusted to do”.