An Abuja based real estate developer, Mr. Olayinka Braimoh has emerged the flag bearer of the Action Alliance (AA) for the November 11th guber polls in Kogi State.
The Chairman of Kogi State Action Alliance Electoral Committee, James Benebe who announced the result of the party’s primary election held in Lokoja on Monday, said that Braimoh defeated his closest rival, Simon Ogwu by 101 votes.
In his acceptance speech, Braimoh thanked God, national and state leadership of the party as well as supporters for the confidence reposed in him, assuring that he will live up to expectations if given the mandate.
“My victory is the beginning of a journey to wealth creation and adequate attention to the welfare of the people of Kogi.”
Similarly, Dr Samson Omale, has emerged winner of the governorship primary election of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) in Kogi.
The election was conducted on Monday in Lokoja, in the presence of INEC officials led by Mr Egbeye Olagoke.
Our correspondent reports that Dr Omale was unanimously affirmed and adopted as the YPP’s sole candidate unopposed.
The Chairman Screening Committee of Kogi YPP Primary Governorship election, David Komolafe, said Omale had been duly screened and certified okay to pick the party’s governorship ticket.
He said a total of 184 delegates from the 21 local government areas of Kogi were accredited to vote with respect to the party’s constitution.
Komolafe, who doubles as the state’s secretary of the party, said that the only other aspirant, Mrs Funmilayo Olumodeji voluntarily stepped down for Omale earlier in the day.
”Dr Omale has therefore been unanimously elected unopposed by the delegates since the other aspirant has stepped down,” he said.
The state’s chairman of the party, Dr Victor Akubo, affirmed the decision of the party’s delegates and appreciated the other aspirants from the beginning for their sportsmanship.
He congratulated the party’s candidate for emerging winner and urged him to make the party and state proud when he becomes Kogi governor.
He described the governorship candidate as God fearing, transparent, accountable and competent man, saying his emergence was the will of God.
Akubo thanked the INEC officials for their presence to monitor the exercise, saying it was a free, fair, credible and transparent process.
In his acceptance speech, Dr Omale thanked the delegates and the entire party members for giving him their mandate, saying he would not disappoint them if elected as Kogi governor.
He assured the people of Kogi of a visionary leadership, digital economic development, and the turning of the state’s great potentials and resources to viable and profitable ventures.
He restated that Kogi resources would be well harnessed with improved infrastructure development, better welfare, and unemployment would be gone under his leadership.
”We will make Kogi to become a template of development for Nigeria. It is do able through a viable leadership. Expect a servant leader in me,” Omale said.
Omale urged the people to come out en masse and elect credible leaders that would have their interest at heart, saying he is such a man.