From Emmanuel Adeyemi, Lokoja

The Kogi Youth Ambassadors (KYA), a political interest group, is calling for the rotation of power among the ethnic majorities of Kogi State, particularly to the Western Senatorial Zone, in the interest of equity, fairness, and justice.

The group’s State Coordinator, Prince Abdulsalami A. Ozianda, spoke at a news conference in Lokoja, stating that the group stands for “equal opportunity in the governance of the state with regards to our political relation as a state bound by common sense of equity and fairness.”

The KYA argues that since Kogi East had produced the Governorship for sixteen years and the Central has been in the position for eight years, it is politically expedient to rotate power to Kogi West. The group claims to have a membership strength of twenty thousand PVCS-Carried members across the 239 Polling Units in the state and a wide network of contacts with politically active youths working towards power rotation to the West.

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When asked about the group’s political inclinations, Ozianda stated that the KYA has no particular aspirant or political party in mind, but is focused on the common good of Kogi State. The group is imploring Governor Yahaya Bello to identify and endorse any competent and saleable aspirant from Kogi West for the Governorship position.

The group is also urging the political class, especially the dominant political parties (APC and PDP), and well-meaning Kogians irrespective of party affiliation, to embrace the option of a power shift for a peaceful, united, and progressive Kogi State.

The KYA has mapped out various strategies, including media campaigns, to actualize its objectives as the State enters into fierce political campaigns for the state gubernatorial election in November this year with the state Governorship primary slated for April 2023.