West/Central Challenge

West/Central Challenge

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Kogi poll: The West/Central challenge

5/16/2019

Kogi poll: The West/Central challenge

Will zoning play a role in the November 2 governorship election in Kogi State? Rasaq Olaitan examines the agitation for the slot by politicians from Kogi

Although the agitation for power shift had been in the front burner before the 2015 ‘divine intervention’, politicians of Okun and Ebira ethnic groups are of the view that power should not leave their domains. Indeed, they want the seat retained till 2023.

Consequently, a group of women and youth organisations, under the auspices of Movement for the Consolidation of Power Shift (MCPS) has risen to dismiss alleged plans by the APC leadership to deny the west and central the party’s ticket for the November 2, governorship citing the superior voting strength of Kogi East Senatorial District.

So, we will field a sellable candidate from the majority flank of the state which is Kogi East, because fielding a candidate from the minority part of the state is risky for APC. We are aware of Kogi East politics which is based on zoning particularly when it comes to governorship and we will respect their zoning formula to avoid division and disunity in the state.

“The claims ascribed to Oshiomhole that the APC governorship ticket in Kogi State would be given to an aspirant from Kogi East because of the large population and voter strength of the zone, relative to the other zones in the state, cannot be true. The APC national chairman understands the implications of such unilateral legislation for the sensibilities of the diverse membership of the party in other zones. We want to believe that the national chairman, as a democrat, did not say that.

“Why must it be a particular sub-zone of the East senatorial district, when the whole of the West zone has not for once ascended the seat of governance in Lugard House? All these talk of the East as haven of the highest population in Kogi State regularly spun as the only basis of wholesale domination of the state, which will not help in the unity and integration of the state.

Issues such as lack of even development, maltreatment and discrimination in the Kogi State Civil service, the scourge of exclusion from the key decision making processes in the state and that the Igala, from creation of the state in 1991 have dominated the two most important aspects of Kogi State-the government and the civil service, are parts of the causes of fear and agitation for power shift, the group noted.

“From the above, the total votes cast by the two leading political parties in the three senatorial districts are as follows:

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