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APC Rakes In N135m From Kogi Governorship Aspirants

Posted: Aug 10, 2015 at 3:13 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Rotimi Akinwumi Abuja

Daily Independent Investigation has revealed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has earned about N137.5m from 27 aspirants who picked the party’s nomination form to seek the Kogi State Governorship seat.

The ruling party has been selling forms to interested party members from Kogi State in the last 10 days.

Each of the aspirants paid a sum of N5.5 million for the nomination form and expression of interest forms, while the two women among them got the form free of charge.

The screening of the aspirant will commence today.
The aspirants expected to take part in the screening exercise are a former Kogi State governor, Prince Abubakar Audu; Barrister James Ocholi; Alhaji Yahaya Bello; Senator Nicholas Yahaya Ugbane; Mr. Sani Halilu Shuaibu; Alhaji Suleiman Baba Ali; Air Vice Marshall Saliu Atawodi; Mr Muhammad Abdullahi; Senator Nuruddeen Abatemi Usman, and Hajiya Hadiza Ibrahim.

Other governorship aspirants include the veteran journalist and one of the founding editors of Newswatch Magazine, Mr. Yakubu Muhammad; Chief Clarence Olafemi; Mr. Suleiman Ejeh Abutu; Mr. Sunday Ejibo; Otunba Suleiman Lanre Ipinmisho, and Dr. Tim Nda Diche.
Also in the race are a seasoned banker, Mr. Habeeb Abdullahi Yakeen; Prince Rotimi Yakub Obadofin; Mr. Babatunde Irukera; Mr. Olusola Oluworanti; Dr Onukaba Adinoyi; Pharmacist Aliyu Zakari; Senator Alex Usman Kadiri; Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq Umar; Mr. Idris Hussein Kashim, and Dr. Sanusi Abubakar.

However, one of the governorship aspirants, Alhaji Haliru Sani Shuaibu, has blamed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the poor developmental condition of Kogi State.

The aspirant also is of the opinion that the seeming over-concentration of power in the Igala speaking part of the state should not be blamed for the backwardness of the state.

Speaking to reporters in Abuja on Sunday, he said it was incumbent on the citizenry in the state to vote into power persons with the exposure and competence that can rescue the state from the pitiable state it has found itself over the years.

His words: “Kogi state is backward today not because it doesn’t have the right calibre of persons to take it out of the wood.

“I have heard a section of our citizenry say the problem lies with power shift; that the state is backward because my Igala people have been administering it without tangible results for all to see.
“I beg to differ on this proposition. For me, such talk is a creation of the opposition peoples democratic party (PDP).”