By Abubakar S. H
Okun United For Ododo has Unveiled its support Group for the actualization of the victory of the governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo.
The event which witnessed several dignitaries, business men, professional and political appointees took place in Kabba town on Saturday.
The Coordinator General of the support group, who is also the State Security Adviser, Cmdr. Jerry Omodara thanked the people of Okun Nation for coming out in their large numbers to grace the occasion, describing the turnout as an indication that kabba/Bunu people believed and had trust in Governor Yahaya Bello And the present administration.
The State Security Adviser appreciated the State Chairman of APC, Hon. Abdullahi Bello Dollar and Senator Sunday Karimi for their support and assured them that the forthcoming Governorship election in Kogi State will be a walk over for the party.
While delivering his message, the Director General of Okun United For Ododo Support Group and a former member, Kogi State House of Assembly, Barrister Alfred Bello said all the decampees from the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress would add value to the party and the government of Governor Yahaya Bello.
Hon. Alfred Bello said the program was organized by 70 percent of PDP decampees and 30 percent members of the APC, stressing that the decampees will collapse the structure of the PDP in the state into the APC.
The former lawmaker commended the political appointees of the APC in the area for always working for the victory of the party in all elections, noting that the decampees have come to widen the victory gap of the APC.
Barrister Bello appealed to old members of the APC to open their doors and receive the new members so that the party can be more formidable ahead of the forthcoming Governorship election in the state, noting that the APC has the credibility and resources to win overwhelmingly for party’s candidate.
He commended the Executive Governor of Kogi state, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello for the establishment of Kogi state University, Kabba, and assured the Governor that the people of Okunland have decided to reciprocate the gesture by coming out in their large numbers to massively deliver their votes to the APC from their various polling units in the zone.
On his part, the Grand Patron of the support group and former Governorship aspirant in the last Kogi State Governorship election, Adebanji David Jimoh said the mandate of Okun people is to deliver 100 percent votes to the APC Candidate in the forthcoming Governorship election, stressing that they will leave no stone unturned to achieve the set target.
The seasoned banker turned politician thanked the Executive Governor of Kogi state, Alhaji Yahaya Bello for the establishment of Kogi state and urged the Okun people to see the university as their project just as the Kogi East sees the Kogi state university, Anyingba as their project and appealed to them to reciprocate the kind gesture by coming out in large numbers to vote for APC come November 11.
The former Speaker, Kogi state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Matthew Kolawole congratulated the organizers for a well thought out program that will reach out to the entire Okunland to galvanize votes from nooks and crannies of the area, describing it as timely.
Prince Kolawole urged the leaders of the party to go for “Operation deliver your LGA” while members of the party should go for “Operation deliver your Ward”, urging them to go and register and collect their permanent Voter cards so that they can vote massively for APC.
Prince Kolawole appreciated Governor Yahaya Bello for the establishment of the third State owned university in Kabba and appealed to the people to reciprocate the gesture by coming out en-mass and vote overwhelmingly for APC in the forthcoming Kogi state Governorship election.
Also speaking, the Speaker, Kogi state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Aliyu Umar Yusuf commended the people of Okunland for organizing the program for the progress of the party in the area and appealed to all parts of the state to emulate the support group and go all out to deliver votes to the APC from their various local government areas for the success of the party in the election
On his part, the Kogi state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Hon Wemi Jones, who represented the party Governorship candidate, Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo sent his warm greetings and appreciation to the good people of Okunland for the unveiling of Okun United For Ododo Support group, stressing that the APC Governorship candidate would sustain the legacies of Governor Yahaha Bello when elected.
Hon. Wemi Jones said the Governorship candidate described the Okun people as egalitarian in nature and promised never to take them for granted when elected.
He said Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo has the assurance that he would secure 100 percent vote in Okun Nation.
In his remark, the State Chairman of the ruling APC, Alhaji Abdullahi Bello, who represented the Executive Governor of Kogi state, Alhaji Yahaha Bello thanked the good people of Okunland for their support and prayers for his administration, assuring them that he would continue to introduce human oriented projects that would fast track development across the state.
The State party Chairman said the decampees have equal opportunity same as that of the old members, urging the leaders and executive of the party to carry the decampees along in the scheme of things in the party.
He urged the Okun People to vote massively for APC in the forthcoming Kogi state Governorship election for more gains of democracy.
There were goodwill messages from Hon. Sesan Orebiyi, Hon. Eric Fiki, Hon. Olubato JP, women and youth representatives.
Giving his vote of thanks, the Secretary General, Okun United For Ododo, Prince Philips Orebiyi thanked the people of Okunland for trooping out en-mass for the programme, stressing that their trust in the APC would not be betrayed.
He urged them to go out and work assiduously for the victory of the party in the forthcoming Kogi state Governorship election, stressing that the party candidate, Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo has all it takes to lead Kogi state to a great hight.
Highlights of the programme was the unveiling proper and the receiving of the decampees from the PDP to the APC.