Former Kogi State governor, Prince Abubakar Audu has closed the chapter on his ambition to govern the middle-belt state again after he failed to win election twice into the position he once occupied between 1999 and 2003.
Prince Audu, who stated this on Thursday while speaking with journalists at his Ogbonicha-Alloma home in Ofu Local Government of the state, said his focus is on maintaining relevance as a political leader committed to the development of Kogi State and the country in general.
“I have no ambition for 2015 or 2020, but I have ambition for the state to grow. I want to be a very relevant political leader to guide and support elected leaders to achieve good governance”.
The former governor stressed that he is in politics not to enrich his pocket or vie for elective positions but to be the mouthpiece of the less privileged, adding that as a father, he must give everybody the opportunity to develop.
He, however, blamed the political and socio-economic problems of the country on faulty electoral system which he said hampers the emergence of leaders elected by the electorates, stressing that a leader genuinely voted into position by the electorates, would strive and work hard to earn their confidence.
Prince Audu also noted that many leaders today are not accountable to the people because they did not pass through the laid down procedures for their emergence, saying that until a proper electoral system was put in place, development would continue to be a mirage.
“As one of the founding fathers of APC, I am a natural leader of the party both at the state and national level and I am not contesting leadership of the party with anybody”, he stressed.