As the Kogi state governorship election holds tomorrow, it is our collective responsibility to make informed choices and vote for the best candidate for the job rather than blindly following political party affiliations.
Kogi state, founded in 1991 by the General Ibrahim Babangida junta, comprises three senatorial zones, namely, Kogi East, Kogi Central, and Kogi West, with 21 local government areas. This diverse state deserves a leadership that reflects its unique needs and challenges. Hence, I implore the people of Kogi state from all zones to turn out in large numbers to exercise their right to vote the candidate most qualified for the job.
We should not succumb to the persuasive tactics and political propaganda of gubernatorial candidates or their political parties. Instead, stand up for your civic right. It is essential that we choose a candidate capable of effectively managing the state’s affairs for the benefit of all residents, including future generations.
The challenges facing us in the next four to eight years are not to be taken lightly. The economic situation in the country is far from ideal, resulting in high rates of poverty and unemployment. To combat these issues, it is imperative for citizens to unite and work towards a common goal.
To achieve these objectives, it is crucial that every eligible voter in Kogi state participates in tomorrow’s election with their Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC). We also expect maximum security to ensure a peaceful and secure voting process, free from intimidation and corruption at all polling units across the state.
We must not forget the unfortunate incident that occurred during the 2019 governorship election in Ijumu local government area, particularly at Ayetoro-Gbede township hall polling unit, Ward 2, where individuals posing as security agents opened fire, resulting in the death of a final year student of the Federal Polytechnic Lokoja and many others injured.
Therefore, I call on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to provide all the necessary materials for a successful election. INEC officers must strictly adhere to the extant electoral laws and the directive of the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to conduct a free, fair and credible election. There should be no form of manipulation while ensuring the accurate announcement of election results based on the votes cast.
The people of Kogi state hold the power to shape their future, and it is vital that we use this power wisely and responsibly. Let’s prioritise the well-being of our beloved state by making informed choices on November 11, 2023, and work together to build a brighter future for all.
Ayuba Haruna Ayodeji,
Department of Mass Communications,
University of Maiduguri, Borno state