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2023 Kogi govenorship: Former Senator, Ugbane suggests 3 aspirants each for political parties



To avoid bitter lessons of the immediate past governorship race that plunges Igala race into unimaginable chaos which they are yet to wriggle themselves out, former Senator, Yahaya Ugbane suggests a manageable governorship aspirants from Kogi East to three per party.

Senator Ugbane who represented Kogi East Senatorial district in the 6th and 7th Senate spoke at a parley organised by Igala-Bassa Relief Development Initiative held at Grand Ibro Hotel, Abuja on Thursday.

This three aspirants each according to Senator Ugbane, will cut across all the registered political parties that will participate in the 2023 Kogi governorship election.

He said a situation whereby Igala nation will feature over a dozen aspirants in a political party had shown enough disadvantage to the people of the area.

He wants this idea inculcated and implemented in the next political dispensation in Kogi state, and also form the crux of the communique at the end of the programme.

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Ugbane says the process of featuring multiple candidates is a wasteful venture, that had no direct positive bearing on the lives of the people from Kogi East.

“We spend so much millions of naira to buy intent form of over 25 million with precarious ambition, create unhealthy rivalry that the resultant consequences will be a political somersault, throwing the people into endless sufferings.

“I want a resolution from this highly revered gathering that each political party producing aspirants from Kogi East in the next governorship election, should not be more than three each, from any political party.

“When the numbers are minimised and regulated, the after primary election crises can be managed.”

He bemoaned the situation and the bitter competition of political gladiators had thrown the area into, describing the situation as horrible and unfavourable to the people of Kogi East.

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“The event of 2015 and 2019 was devastating, where multiple candidates contested for party tickets with as much as ten “Igala sons and daughters, rather than harnessing our strength in a politcal party.

“We did it in 2015, and if it was a mistake, why not correct it in 2019, but going forward, this ugly development must be resolved.

“Going forward, if not resolved through this political arrangements and other civil outlets like this fora, our people will pay more dearly for it.”

Senator Ugbane expressed optimism that the new arrangement being put forward is achievable, with the coming together of our two former leaders and governors, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris and Capt Idris Wada.

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He used the opportunity to debunk the unfounded rumors and cynicisms that the two duos vow not to see face to face again, saying the people of Kogi East should not give much attention to rumour mongers.

“The rumors making round the town that the two former governors and our leaders, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris and Capt Idris Wada are not in good terms is only merely cooked statement by political adventurers, as what am seeing today is a departure from the impression given overtime.

Senator Ugbane congratulated the organisers for a well thought out programme and begged that this should be the beginning of their orientation to the Igala Bassa nation.

The former lawmaker says insecurity has been the bane and scourge threatening the good existence of the old race.


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