June 13, 2024

President Bola Tinubu has urged the people of Kogi West Senatorial District to prioritize peace and unity in the run-up to the forthcoming governorship elections in the state. He made this call during a meeting with leaders of the Okun Development Association, headed by Micheal Ikupolati, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Ajuri Ngelale, the president’s special adviser on media and publicity, made this announcement in a statement issued in Abuja.

During the meeting, Mr. Tinubu reassured the delegation of his dedication to addressing their concerns regarding marginalization and the need for equitable representation in the governance of their state.

The Okun Development Association expressed unwavering support for President Tinubu’s administration and sought his endorsement for Kogi West Senatorial District to have the opportunity to produce the next governor of the state. They highlighted that this would be the first time in 27 years (since the state’s creation in 1991) that the district would have the chance to produce a governor.

The issue of power rotation and constitutional provisions for equal rights among senatorial districts was also discussed. President Tinubu promised to carefully examine the demand for fair representation they raised.

He acknowledged the agreement on power rotation made by the late Abubakar Audu and other leaders but noted that unforeseen events could impact such arrangements. He urged them to be patient and show solidarity with other senatorial districts in the state.

Regarding the upcoming elections scheduled for November 11, Mr. Ikupolati appealed to the president to intervene by directing security agencies to ensure a fair and peaceful election process. President Tinubu assured the delegation that he would consider all their concerns carefully to ensure fairness, justice, and equity, but emphasized that democracy ultimately relies on the will of the people.

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