Hey there, middle schoolers! Guess what? Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar recently visited the cool city of Lokoja in Kogi State. He had an important message for the people there. He wanted them to vote for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the upcoming Governorship election on November 11.
Atiku wasn’t too happy with the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello. He said that Bello didn’t let the PDP use the Confluence Stadium Lokoja for their campaign rally. Atiku thought it was unfair and wanted to kick out the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to stop their not-so-great policies in Kogi State.
Atiku mentioned how the PDP had faced a similar situation in Osun State, where they were denied the use of a stadium. But guess what? The PDP still won and kicked the ruling party out of the government house. Atiku was impressed by the support and solidarity shown by the people of Kogi State, even though they were denied the stadium. He believed that if Dino Melaye, the PDP Governorship candidate, became Governor, it would bring good governance and development to Kogi State.
Speaking to a big crowd of supporters, Dino Melaye promised to govern the state with the fear of God. He said that out of the 18 candidates running for Governor, he was the most educated, experienced, and exposed. Melaye wanted to put an end to things like low salaries, corruption, job cuts, and not paying pensions in Kogi State. He also mentioned that all the civil servants who were unfairly sacked by Yahaya Bello would be reinstated within three months. Melaye urged people not to vote for small political parties that don’t have a “political fallopian tube” (whatever that means!).
It’s important to note that the current government in Kogi State blocked all the venues for the PDP rally. People coming from Kogi East were even stopped and shot at by those loyal to the government. Despite all these challenges, the PDP supporters still showed up because they were tired of Governor Bello’s tyranny.
In addition to Atiku and Melaye, a former Governor of Kogi State named Idris Wada also spoke up. He said that even though the PDP had achieved a lot, the ruling APC had taken the state backward with poverty, a weak economy, and underdevelopment.