The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said it is certain of winning the November 11 governorship election in Imo, Bayelsa and Kogi States, going by the level of its acceptability by the people.
The acting National Chairman, PDP, Umar Damagum, said this in Abuja at the inauguration of the party’s National Campaign Council for the election in the three states.
Damagum urged members of the council to work within the law to win the three states, which he described as PDP strongholds.
He said, “What’s expected of you is to go there and remind them that this isn’t what we bargained for, and that there’s a time God in his infinite mercy, always gives us to change the course of history, and this is the time.
“We’ll have Bayelsa, we’ll have Imo and we’ll have Kogi. These are PDP states. Somehow, they slipped away but Bayelsa has always had a PDP governor.”
Also speaking, Osun State governor Ademola Adeleke, who is also the chairman of the Kogi State campaign team, expressed confidence in the PDP’s ability to win the governorship election in the three states.
According to Adeleke, the chances of the party in Imo, Bayelsa and Kogi are ‘very great.’
Meanwhile, President Bola Tinubu has called on the people of Kogi West Senatorial District to maintain peace and unity ahead of the forthcoming governorship elections in the State.
He spoke at a meeting with leaders of Okun Development Association, led by Prof. Micheal Ikupolati, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Mr Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja.
According to Ngelale, President Tinubu assured them of his commitment to look into their concerns regarding marginalization and the need for fair representation in governance of their state.
The delegation had expressed their unwavering support for the Tinubu administration and requested the President’s backing for Kogi West Senatorial District to have an opportunity to produce the next Governor of the state.
They emphasized that this would be the first time the district would have a chance to produce the governor sice the state was created 27 years ago (1991).
Responding to their appeal, the President told the delegation: “Democracy is about horse trading, numbers, about conflicts and conflict resolution. I appreciate your leadership and your position.
“One of your sons, James Faleke, has worked very closely with me and I know about the issues when late Prince Audu was alive.
‘‘But that was the way of God Almighty. He passed on and the arrangement didn’t work and there was a judgement from the Supreme Court that was the last bus stop.
“That brought about the present government in the State, who is also a member of our party.’’
Regarding the issue of power rotation and constitutional provisions to guarantee equal rights for all Senatorial Districts, the President said he would thoroughly examine the matter of fair representation they brought to his attention.
He recalled the agreement on power rotation made by late Prince Abubakar Audu and other leaders but acknowledged that unforeseen events can impact on such arrangements.
‘‘When you talk about domination, I’ll have to dig deeper on the issues. Yes, the question of rotation was agreed by Prince Audu and some other leaders but death didn’t allow him. God Almighty knows the reasons and we cannot question him,’’ he said.
Tinubu assured the group that having listened to all their concerns on issues surrounding the elections in November, ‘‘he would look into the issues very carefully to ensure fairness, justice and equity but democracy is still a game of number.’’
He charged them to extend love to one another, be patient and show solidarity to other members of the Senatorial districts in the State.
Ikupolati had appealed to the President to intervene by directing security agencies to ensure a fair and peaceful election process during the elections, scheduled for Nov. 11.
Additionally, the group requested the enforcement of the use of a Biometric Voter Authentication System (BVAS) in the upcoming election in Kogi.
The Kogi West Senatorial District Leaders of Thought highlighted that their appeal for power shift to the Senatorial District was a reflection of the region’s historical support for other districts in the past.