^Sheath Your Swords and Let’s Work For Kogi Agenda, Mallam Bala Abdulghafar Dirisu Urges the SDP and the PDP.
The United Progressive Political Parties ( UPPP) has lauded the conduct of the Off-cycle governorship polls held in Kogi state describing as credible and fair.
According to the UPPP Chairman,Mallam Bala Abdulghafar Dirisu the elections was free, fair, and credible and all thanks to the efforts of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Mallam Diriisu also praised the INEC Chairman Mahmoud Yakubu for ensuring that the polls were flawless and that the integrity of the Commission was restored.
“The UPPP also notes that the voters in Kogi State had rejected the tradition of relying on handouts, tribal cum religious sentiments and instead chose a competent successor to continue with his Excellency Alhaji Yahaya Bello’s leadership that would provide a more secure future for their children.
“We are pleased to associate with the outcome of the election, which was patently transparent and credible. The election results were a clear reflection of the will of the people, and we are confident that they will serve as a model for future elections,” said the Chairman of UPPP.
Mallam Bala Dirisu noted that despite the concerns of some, the election was conducted in a fair and impartial manner, with all parties given a fair chance to participate, saying the result of the election could only have been rejected by people who would have decided to destroy the state if they were not winners.
“We would like to commend all of the voters who participated in the election, as well as the security personnel, volunteers and election officials who worked tirelessly to ensure that the process ran smoothly.
“In Kogi polls, the political elites and voters have closed ranks in a display of unity, with the exception of those whose personal ambitions are tied to the continuation of decay and destruction of a state and its people.
“The people of Kogi have swung a surprise by rejecting the tradition of violence during elections. Instead, the poor, young, and Kogi women have chosen to support the continuation of the Yahaya Bello leadership that promises to make them more secure and provide their children with a productive future.
“The election saw the victory of popular will over desperate attempts to subvert it, and the people of Kogi are jubilant as the credible conduct of the elections by Mahmoud Yakubu and INEC ensured that the states did not go up in flames over disputed elections.
Furthermore, the Chairman of UPPP called on the Gubernatorial candidates of Social Democratic Party,( SDP) and Peoples Democratic Party to in the interest of the people of Kogi State to sheath their swords and join hands with the winner of the November 11 election, Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo in order to futher the Kogi Agenda.
“I will like to commend Senator Dino Melaye and Comrade Murtala Ajaka for fighting for the cause they believed in . Indeed with their inputs, the election wouldn’t be successful and it is to their credit too that the election did not witness any violence.
“In any election, there must be a winner and a loser, however, it is the Kogi Agenda that won and not any sectional or tribal agenda. It is in the Spirit and letter of the Kogi Agenda we of the UPPP are appealing to the two illustrious sons of the state to join hands with Governor Elect Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo, so that we can move the state forward.