Governor Idris Wada of Kogi State has warned that a vote for the All Progressives Congress candidate in the November 21 governorship election in the state, Prince Abubakar Audu, will be a vote for divisiveness and ethnic jingoism, which will not augur well for the unity of the confluence state.
In a statement issued by his Chief Communications Manager, Mr Phrank Shaibu, Wada, who is seeking re-election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said in the history of Kogi State, nobody has championed ethnicity and other primordial sentiments as the APC flag bearer did during his four year reign as governor between 1999 and 2003.
He said, “Voting the candidate of APC as governor poses a great risk for the unity of Kogi State and going by his recent statement in Kabba few weeks ago where he asked APC members to attack any PDP hoodlum during the elections is a window into Audu’s innermost mind”.
“Add this to his dark past that was characterised by acid attack on journalists and politicians, one begins to wonder whether a man with such a provincial world view can successfully lead a complex, multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-lingual state like Kogi State”, Shaibu said.
He went further, “What Audu did by his statement in Kabba was to incite APC supporters against supporters of the PDP, thereby causing disaffection in a state where people of all ethnic groups have been living together in harmony for years. Had the APC candidate allowed history to be his guide, he would have known that the state has always voted for the PDP since they voted him out in 2003 and will continue to do so”.