By Palma Ileye
Minister of Steel Development, Prince Shuaibu Abubakar Audu has congratulated the winner of the just concluded Kogi State election, Governor- Elect, Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo and his Deputy-Elect, Comrade Salifu Joel Oyibo saying that the win was a victory over divisions and backwardness in the State.
This was contained in a congratulatory message issued by Prince Shuaibu Abubakar Audu.
Audu who is also the Director General, Kogi State APC Campaign Council, said that this victory, will help the State move forward for its development, productivity and prosperity.
He said, “I am overwhelmed with joy that our party, the APC and candidate at the just concluded Gubernatorial elections were led into victory. You all did it and by doing that, you have created a historic moment for our dear State.
“To the great people of Kogi State, I say a big thank you for thinking of a greater Kogi State where we see ourselves as one people united by destiny and put together by God for a purpose. It was victory over division and backwardness as we can proudly look forward to a more united and prosperous Kogi State . From here, our dear state can march forward to a greater destination.”
The Minister also thanked the Executive Governor of the State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello for entrusting him with responsibility of leading the campaigns as the Director General.
“With his inspiration, leadership, guidance and the indomitable confidence he instilled in us, it was unmistakably clear that victory was inevitable. I thank Your Excellency for this trust and confidence. We shall continue to file behind your commitment to the development of Kogi State.
“Our success was inspired by the contributions and cooperation of key party leaders. The Deputy Governor, our party Chairman, members of the Campaign Council and friends of our party (who even decamped from other parties) and are too numerous to mention. Your behind-the-scene support galvanized us into this huge success.
“To all the members of the Campaign Council, I am eternally indebted to you for your tireless efforts, resilience and iron-cast belief in our Candidate. You toiled day and night to bring the success we celebrate today. Working with you was so easy as you made my task a seamless one with your commitment, creativity and irreplaceable belief in the capacity of the Governor-Elect to not only sustain the lofty legacies of our Governor, but also deepen and widen the gains of the past seven and a half years. The future holds a green promise for us all.
“It is not enough to have elected Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo. It is incumbent on us to work with him and support him to make him succeed. That we shall do with utmost patriotism and love for Kogi State. I have no doubt whatsoever that our Governor-Elect will be a huge success, having learnt the ropes from the Master, His Excellency Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello.
“To all Kogites, thank you for listening to us and for voting Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo. Your massive turnout during the rallies was matched with your trooping out to vote for him. You have proven that you believe in his capacity to take Kogi to the next level. Don’t stop the support. He needs it more to succeed as Governor.
“Let me also express my immense appreciation to People Living With Disabilities, PLWD. From the blast of the whistle, you stood by our Candidate. One of the reasons our party has continued to succeed is the way we have given special recognition and responsibilities to the PLWD. You are wonderful people.
“To our women and youths, I say a big thank you for being a part of the Consolidation and Continuity Agenda. It is understandable given the place of pride you occupy in the government of Governor Yahaya Bello,” he said.
He further assured the people of the State of Ododo’s commitment to the development of the State, adding that he will not disappoint them.