Former Minister of Police Affair, Major General David Jembewon (Rtd) led Kogi West Elders Forum has demanded power shift to Kogi West Senatorial District of the state come 2023 governorship elections
This was contained in a communique issued on Thursday by the Kogi by the Forum, a non-profit socio cultural group comprising of leading personalities and opinion leaders of Kogi West Senatorial District of Kogi State.
The communique signed by Major General David Jemibewon stated that the meeting was set to address the prevailing political imbalance in Kogi State between the three senatorial districts of; Kogi East, Kogi Central and Kogi West, and its consequence on the west senatorial district’s future political alignment in the state.
He explained that the forum is dismayed over the skewed political power play in the state that has denied the good people of the west, despite their good intention and active participation in previous elections.
The forum noted the inability of West to produce an Executive Governor of the state since the creation of the state in 1991.
“In contrast, the two other senatorial districts of east and central have occupied the seat of the state governor for about 21 years now and 25 years by the time the incumbent leaves office in 2023.
The forum also reject running mates in all political parties.
“The state governor, his Excellency Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello and all political actors in the state should take conscious note of this demand and support every arrangement that will meet the aspiration”.
He said The forum also called on all political parties in the Western Senatorial District to endeavour to work together to stimulate actions that would produce credible candidate(s) leading to their state primary elections in the state.
“All political parties in this regard must, however, align with the Eastern and Central Senatorial Districts of the state to accomplish the objective by working to produce a governorship candidate that will be acceptable to all the flanks of the state in the 2023 governorship election.”
The forum reminded the state governor of it’s unalloyed support during the last election when we made a public statement to endorse his re-election based on the insight that he was a democrat, courageous and would honour their modest agitation for power rotation in the state.
“As an aspiring president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the governor needs to more than ever before, demonstrate his support for an enduring power sharing and restructuring arrangement at the grassroots level in Kogi State and then Nigeria as widely conversed by all critical and discerning minds in Nigeria.
According to him “This demonstration will show the infallible strength of good character and integrity he poses to lead a multi-ethnic nation like Nigeria.
The forum also noted that Kogi West Senatorial District has embellished numbers of qualified candidates that understands the need for good governance that will benefit every part of the state. The forum called on the governor not to allow any individual or group to take the state back to the woods when the whipping of sentiment, pettiness and selfishness of interest groups influenced previous administrations to be parochial in the management of the power equation among the various ethnic groups in the state.