Leke Abejide, the governorship candidate of the African Democratic Party (ADC), has vowed to rescue Kogi from APC’s socioeconomic “dungeon” in Kogi if elected on November 11.
Mr Abejide said this while on a campaign visit to traditional rulers, religious and Community leaders, and other stakeholders in Ogori Magongo LGA of Kogi.
The ADC candidate said rescuing Kogi from a socioeconomic dungeon became imperative given the poverty and hardships the citizens are enduring.
“Given my knowledge of the problems of the state and the resources through my various empowerment programmes, I am well prepared for the task of rescuing the entire state from its present state of socioeconomic dungeon,” stated Mr Abejide.
The ADC candidate added, “My policy and programme of settling WAEC fees for our young students in school for good six years now is part of efforts to educate our citizens toward economic empowerment. Just of recent, I extended the largesse to Kabba-Bunu-Ijumu federal constituency with the hope of further extension to 21 local government areas of the state.
“This because education is bedrock of any society just as knowledge is power, our people need to be empowered to know how to create wealth and come of poverty. Kogi is rich in mineral resources that only need to be tapped.”
He described Ogori as rich with arable land that can be transformed into economic benefits. He said he made money from the farm, being one of the country’s major exporters of sesame seeds, with partners in over 53 countries.
“I came from a private sector background with the mindset of entrepreneurship. My running mate, Dr Idris Omede, was president of the Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria. He was president of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA). This is the perfect team that the ADC has presented to Kogi people to lift the state out of the socioeconomic dungeon,” he said.