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Kogi State Government House, Lokoja (image courtesy Kogi Reports)

Ahead of the November 16 governorship election in Kogi state, Ebira-speaking residents in Nasarawa State have held a special prayer for peace during and after the exercise.

Concise News reports that speaking during the programme on Sunday in Lafia, Yanusa Aliba, Odeyani Anebira of Nasarawa State, said that the prayer was to seek God’s intervention toward a peaceful conduct of the election.

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He claimed that Kogi Central Senatorial district had been left out of governance for quite some time and appealed to other zones to support Governor Yahaya Bello’s quest for a second tenure.

Also speaking, Alhaji Hassan Chatta, the Co-ordinator of the programme, said that Ebira-speaking people in Nasarawa had endorsed Bello for the second term “due to his records of achievements.”

Mrs. Hafsat Ibrahim, Woman Leader of Ebira people in Nasarawa State, commended Bello for tackling kidnapping, armed robbery and other crimes.

She also lauded the governor for road construction among others, stressing that the governor deserved a second term in office.

Bello is the first Ebira native to become Governor of Kogi since the creation of the state from the old Kwara and Benue on August 27, 1991.

Audu Speaks On Kogi Election Being ‘War’

Meanwhile, former First Lady of Kogi, Prof. Aisha Audu has called on the Federal Government to remove all illegal arms and ammunition in the state ahead of the November 16 governorship election.

Audu, who is the candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP), made the call in an interview with NAN in Abuja.

Audu is the widow of the late Abubakar Audu, former governor of the state who served between 1999 and 2003.

The professor described the election as an examination in which the people would come out with the scorecard and not a war.

“We are going into an examination, that is how I see the November 16 Kogi governorship elections.

“The world in watching, the international community is concerned and the reports are not good.

I believe the government will not take this for granted and do something to stop the killings in Kogi in the name of power sharing,” she said.