By Abubakar S. H
No fewer than 3000 youth and women on Saturday took over major streets and roads in Lokoja, the kogi State capital in a road show that lasted over eight hours.
The event which snowballed into a rally was aimed at drumming up support for the candidacy of Hon. Ahmed Usman Ododo in November this year’s governorship election in the state.
The road show which nearly eclipsed every other activities in the Confluence City,Lokoja, was put together by a notable stakeholder and leader from the central senatorial district, Hon. Yakubu Fancy who was determined to continue to promote the candidacy of Ododo, the immediate past Auditor-General of Kogi State, who won the ticket as APC Flagbearer for the 2023, November gubernatorial election in the state.
Exchanging views with journalists immediately after the rally, Hon. Yakubu Fancy expressed satisfaction with the turnout which he described as unprecedented.
He went on to say: “I thank God that kogi people have again spoken to show solidarity for Hon. Ododo, I don’t know how to describe the crowd today but I must thank the almighty God for the overwhelming support for the Incoming Governor because it is also a support for the incumbent Governor, Alh. Yahaya Adoza Bello”.
“We organized this mega rally for Hon. Ododo who overwhelmingly won his governorship ticket as the candidate of APC in kogi State. I am highly impressed and all glory must go to God.
“It’s a support for Ododo, who is the leading and most popular candidate, the choice of Ahmed Ododo is the choice of Kogi people and we said it will be good to organize a rally for him to show how popular he is amongst the populace. So, our Forum came out en-masse and joined hands to have a road and rally to show round the whole city of kogi State to stage solidarity with the man that we know will be the next governor of kogi State,” he noted.
Another youth leader in the state, Engr. Bako Ibrahim said “In kogi State, the APC stakeholders and entire members have endorsed Ahmed Ododo and they are all canvassing for the realization of his governorship bid but those against are in the minority and I believe they will queue up later ,” he stated.
When asked about the chances of Ododo in the coming election,he said the APC has spoken and whoever disagrees has an option to go to another party but we are not praying for that. Since the party has come out openly to to accept Ododo as our candidate, we must deliver him in the next election, he said.
In his own words, a youth leader from Lokoja, Hon. James Paul Expressed his conviction on the possibility of Ododo becoming a good governor, he said; “He is going to build on the legacies laid down by Governor Yahaya Bello. I want to also tell you that Ododo, I know him very well, I know his pedigree, and our people in kogi State know that this man will be one of the best governors in Nigeria “.
He was emphatic that the APC gubernatorial candidate will perform wonderfully well, describing him as a philanthropist, a team leader, who has been in the system for almost 8 years”.
“As I talk with you today, you can verify from the streets of Kogi, he is the most popular candidate in the state. There is nowhere you mention his name that people will not say ‘that good man.’ It’s not for me to start telling you what he has done for the people but if you go down to the grassroots, and ask, the down trodden, they will tell you that this man has touched their lives in one way or the other without being a governor.
“So, if you give him the leadership of the state, he is going to build on the existing infrastructural development that the present administration has put in place in the state. And I know he is going to do better as a governor.
The permanent secretary, ministry of local government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Kogi State, Hajiya Habibat Tijjani many other Dignitaries were physically present at the roadshow to give solidarity to the colorful event.