Emmanuel Adeyemi, Lokoja
Former Military administrator of the old Oyo and Ondo States and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Colonel Ahmed Usman (retd.) has declared his intention to contest the next governorship election in Kogi State.
Addressing his kinsmen, families, friends, teeming loyalists and supporters at his country home in Okura Olafiya in the eastern flank of Kogi State, Usman said his decision was informed by the current sufferings of the people in the state arising from bad leadership.
He pointed out that the deplorable state of infrastructure and squalor in the land, if allowed to continue unabated, would lead to total collapse of the system thereby jeopardizing the future of the people of the state as well as the children yet unborn.
Usman, pointed out that he decided to bell the cat, by throwing his hat into the ring to “save the people of the state from this agony and squalor”, adding that they cannot fold their arms and watch their people to continue to suffer untold hardships. The APC stalwart, assured that Kogi under his leadership would witness accelerated development.
He stressed that as a highly trained military officer of the infantry corps of the Nigerian Army, he would use his wealth of experience and exposure to mobilize the state for development if given the mandate, promising to run a transparent government.
He enjoined the foundation members of the APC in the state not to “abandon the ship for whatever reasons”, urging them to remain in the party to salvage the situation together, for the common good of the people.