Youths in Kogi East Senatorial District have rejected the re-election of Senator Attai Aidoko as the 2019 General Elections approach.
They condemned the social media propagandists, who they said spin lies and launder the image of Aidoko for a political makeover for 2019.
“Their propaganda reflects a depressed and despondent, sad, confused, and a lost generation of youths. We don’t know what we want, where we are coming from, and where we are headed.
“The Igala youths of today have failed to differentiate between their political enemies and political saviours. Our propaganda is full of illuminated sadness and intellectual poverty,” some of the youths told us anonymously.
According to them, Aidoko is the longest-serving federal lawmaker from Kogi East, but ironically, “the worst amongst all, as he has serially failed us in terms of good legislation, provision of amenities through constituency projects and youth empowerment. Aidoko should be told the naked truth. He must be told that the seat of Kogi East doesn’t belong to his family neither any godfather,” they said.
The youths revealed in separate interviews that Senator Aidoko has spent 12 years both in lower and upper chambers of the National Assembly without anything to show for it, adding that it was under his watch that Ibaji oil wells were ceded to Anambra State.
“Senator Aidoko has provided poor representation, starting from his days in the House of Representatives, where he represented Ankpa/Omala/Olamaboro Federal Constituency from 2003 to 2011 and served as Chairman, House Committee on Federal Capital Territory, and later as Chairman, Senate Committee on SEGS.
“As a Senator, he can’t point at one single thing as an achievement that we can call his Constituency project.
“He is only after his personal interest and that of his godfather which is not good for our people in need of development. In fact, Aidoko is a liability on the good people of Kogi East and he has no political relevance in both the region and at the national level,” they stated.
The youths noted that Senator Aidoko hails from Ugbamaka-Igah in Olamaboro Local government and that as the Chairman, Senate Committee on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) there is “no project that has come to our land but other senators buy contracts from Senator Aidoko for the interest of their constituencies and he converts the proceeds into buying exotic cars for personal use amid the untold suffering of our people.”
Senator Aidoko, they explained, is not in any way familiar with the saying that ‘charity begins at home,’ while stressing that his people have no water, no electricity, no telephone network, no schools, no single bank neither common ATM in the entire Olamaboro and “of course, no proper healthcare system yet, we have someone at the Senate representing us.
“Aidoko that we know always visit Igala land at night and sneaks out before the crack of dawn.”
“We can’t continue to wallow in this politics of stagnation where some wicked few individuals will gather together to oppose everything that is good for our land.
“Our region has suffered so much neglect despite the facts that we have several opportunities to develop, but we have been suffering so much neglect because of the attitude of some of our leaders.
“The brains of those supporting Senator Aidoko’s 3rd term are notoriously more receptive to short-term rewards.
“Some of them reveal that people without education are like weapons without bullets because they lack education and political consciousness, they can’t choose and seek their interests.
“They can’t choose their ways and directions of life. They can’t set goals for themselves and strive to achieve them. They can’t propel themselves in the right, proper, and straight direction,” they said.
The youths stressed that in 2019 ‘by God’s grace,’ Kogi East must decide their future.
“Our people must stop living like strangers and refugees in their own land. 2019 is another opportunity that we must shake off our restrained spirit of compromise and conformity.
“We must refuse and reject immediate gratification of stomach infrastructure that will prolong our suffering and servitude.
“Kogi youths must be ready to liberate themselves from the compassion, complacency, and solidarity with their oppressors.
“In 2019, we must have the right and power to end our decades of suffering by keeping our PVCs intact to vote out Senator Aidoko and all the leaders that have failed us out of office for a fresh leadership,” they said.
The youths, however, urged Kogi East youths and other constituents to resolve “to rally round a common cause that will ultimately produce Dr Victor Alewo Adoji as the next Senator “to represent us come 2019 by God’s grace.”
They stated that Victor Adoji has the requisite qualities to take development to Kogi East and that he is a man with vision and determination to get things done properly for Igala people as a senator.
APC Adopts Gbajabiamila As Speaker, Zones Deputy To North Central
The leadership of All Progressives Congress has adopted Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila as the Speaker of the House of Representatives for the Ninth Assembly.
The agreement was reached after extensive deliberation at a dinner held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday night.
The position of the Deputy Speaker was zoned to the North Central.
A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, confirmed the development.
Issa-Onilu said the agreement was reached at the dinner between President Muhammadu Buhari and the House members-elect.
The statement said: “The APC has adopted Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila as its candidate for the position of the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the 9th Assembly.
“This position was reached after an intensive deliberation with the APC’s House of Representatives members-elect at a dinner with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Banquet Hall of Aso Villa.
“The Deputy Speaker position has been zoned to the North Central.”
Ex-Governors Mount Pressure On Danjuma Goje To Accept Buhari’s Candidate, Lawan, For Senate President
Some former governors are mounting pressure on their former colleague, Senator Danjuma Goje, to accept President Muhammadu Buhari’s choice of Ahmad Lawan for Senate president, The Nation reports.
The President is believed to have met Goje on the matter.
According to reports, Lawan, who is the Senate Leader, is forging ahead. He met yesterday with some senators-elect and pleaded with them to give him a chance.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) former governors, including some of them who are senators, have opted to back Buhari’s decision on Lawan.
Some of the former governors include Ahmed Sani Yerima, Adamu Aliero, Abdullahi Adamu, Aliyu Wammako, George Akume, Bukar Abba Ibrahim, Kabiru Gaya and Godswill Akpabio.
It was gathered that the ex-governors appreciated the “cautious approach adopted by Goje to his aspiration without ruffling feathers but they felt he should defer to the President”.
The ex-governors have sent a delegation to Goje to reconsider his position.
Although two of them were with Goje on Saturday for what was termed “ a social gathering”, it was unclear whether they were the ones who spoke on behalf of their colleagues.
A former governor, who pleaded not to be named, said: “It is true we are trying to avoid cracks in APC over the Ninth Senate President and some of us have met on the President’s choice and how to prevail on Goje to sacrifice his aspiration.
“I can tell you that some of us have opened talks with him. We are talking to him; we are mounting pressure. We also decided to send a delegation to him.
“As a matter of right, Goje is qualified to lead the Senate but we do not really want him to disagree with the President. And he is not a leader who believes in confrontation.”
Responding to a question, the source added: “Our intervention is just a follow-up to the audience between the President and Goje.”
“The former governor of Gombe State is yet to make any categorical statement on his ambition.”
Goje, it was learnt, told Buhari, who persuaded him to support Lawan, that he would “get back to him”.
“Goje has not returned to the President on what he intends to do,” a source in the Presidency said.
The Lawan Group is, however, waiting for Goje’s response before arranging a meeting between the two leaders.
Another source said: “Since a presidential intervention is already involved, we have deliberately asked Lawan to leave the initiative to President Buhari. The truth is that the President’s meeting with Goje underscored the enormous respect he has for the ex-governor.
“Lawan is ready to meet with Goje but after the elders and the ex-governors have brokered a deal.”
Lawan and members of his campaign team last night met with some senators-elect in Abuja on his aspiration.
The senators-elect are in the second batch of those to benefit from the induction course which was packaged by the National Assembly management.
A source at the session quoted Lawan as saying: “Give me a chance, I will provide quality leadership, I will carry every Senator along in whatever I do.”
A Senator-elect said: “The campaign team of the Senate Leader reached out to some of us across party lines. I am new, but I am impressed by his experience on legislative business. Let us see how it goes.”
Ifeanyi Ubah Dumps YPP For APC
Ifeanyi Ubah, Anambra South Senator-elect, of the Young Peoples Party (YPP) has dumped the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ubah’s defection was made known by the National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole on Monday.
Oshiohmole informed the APC National Working Committee members, returning/newly-elected senators at the Presidential Villa, on Monday, that Ubah was now with the ruling party, NAN reports.
Describing Ubah as a ‘smart politician Oshiomhole in his opening remark, said the “YPP Senator-elect from Anambra South has decided to pitch tent with the ruling party because he felt more comfortable with the winning team.”
He, however, added that other issues related to Ubah’s defection would be perfected on a later date.
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