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Group advocates minority inclusion in Kogi governance structure


Yahaya Bello. Photo: Twitter/lugardhouse

A group under the aegis of Citizens for Equity Fairness and Justice is advocating for Kogi Central and West Senatorial District to retain the state’s governorship position, saying the Eastern flank has ruled for 16 years.

At a press conference in Lokoja on Friday, the group’s National President, Mohammed Abubakar, said fairness demands that Kogi West be given opportunity or Kogi Central be allowed to have another four years to enable the incumbent Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, complete his eight years to consolidate his work.

According to him: “Number one requirement for governance of Kogi State today is competent leadership. The second requirement is the need for equity, fairness and justice.

“Nigeria has a majority North, minority Southwest and another minority Southeast and South South, and if the voting power is the only requisite for ruling, why were the people of the minority allowed to produce the president of the country?

“I strongly believe that equity, fairness and justice is what is being considered for the country to produce president from both majority and minority.

“It is worrisome that Kogi is the only state in Nigeria, where the senatorial districts are divided along the majority tribes and where a particular senatorial zone has not produced any governor since the creation of the state in 1991…”


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