The media and publicity committee of Bello/Onoja governorship campaign council has hailed the decision of the Kogi West Elders Forum to endorse Governor Yahaya Bello, saying it is a non-partisan masterstroke to deepen our development strides as a people.”
The campaign council spokesman, Mr. Kingsley Fanwo, stated this Tuesday in Lokoja while reacting to a statement by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which indicated that Gen. David Jemibewon (retd.) was not a part of the endorsement.
According to Fanwo, the denial “is a panicky move by the PDP to save its face.”
He said the Forum met with the governor and discussed on “how to improve governance in the state as well as the role they hope to play in assisting the governor to realise his agenda of developing the state.”
“Our attention has been drawn to a desperate statement by the PDP which tried fruitlessly to disparage the gains of the meeting between the Kogi West Elders Forum. The meeting was a huge success. It is a tradition that such a meeting is followed by a statement by the noble group made up of statesmen who have excelled in their chosen professions.
“The statement from the Forum aptly captured the resolutions reached at the meeting. It is unfortunate that the PDP was desperate to harass Gen. David Jemibewon (retd.) to disown the resolutions even though the statesman attended the meeting as a Kogi West indigene,” he said.
Continuing, he said, “The endorsement of the governor is not partisan, but patriotic as the members belong to different political parties and ideologies.
“To the elders, the second term ambition of the governor represents equity and hope that the state will continue to oscillate on the rotor of justice and fairness. The Kogi West elders expressed determination to key into the unity agenda of the present administration in the state.
“We commend the historic and patriotic decision of the Kogi West elders to support the second term project of the governor and wish to assure the people of Kogi state that the governor will do more in his second term.”