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Kogi election: Buhari shuns Audu’s mega rally
Prince Abubakar Audu

Kogi election: Buhari shuns Audu’s mega rally

Leke Adeosun

President Muhammadu Buhari may have shown, through his body language, what he thinks of the decision of his  party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) to field former Governor, Prince Abubakar Audu as its gubernatorial candidate.

The President who was advertised as the man who would present the party’s flag to Audu was conspicously absent at a grand rally in Lokoja, Kogi State to drum support for the candidature of Prince Audu ahead of  the  November 21  governorship election.

The rally, held    at the Lokoja International Stadium, was also not attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo or any representative of the President, although it drew some national leaders of the party and some APC governors from the North Central.

At the rally, APC Chairman, Chief John Oyegun urged the people of Kogi State to vote out Gov, Idris Wada, as the election was an opportunity for the people to end years of  bad governance in the state.

“The state is still stuck in the failed promises of transformation,” Oyegun said.

He disclosed that the APC was targeting 80 percent of the votes during the governorship election, pledging that it would bring about total change in the lives of the people.

In his remarks, Audu promised to work for the progress and development of the state. He said he was on a rescue mission to save the state from total collapse.

He promised to adhere to the principle of rotation by being the first governor to give effect to the arrangement.

Audu also promised to settle all outstanding workers salaries and allowances, and ensure justice and equity in the distribution of projects.

The APC national chairman was accompanied to the rally by national officers of the party, Governors Rochas Okorocha, Tanko Al- Makura, Samuel Ortom and Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso, as well as two deputy governors.

The rally was earlier scheduled for Saturday, October 24 but was shifted to yesterday after the President had reportedly asked to be excused because he was indisposed. There was, however, no official communication on why Buhari did not turn up at the rescheduled event yesterday.

In a related development, a group calling itself Kogi APC stakeholders in an advertorial, yesterday, accused  the President of vendetta against Audu.

In the advertorial signed by Elder Okpanachi Ameh Obulo, the group accused Buhari of trying to settle old scores with  the governorship candidate.

“We know our President as the father of all will not give a listening ear to sycophants and fifth columnists desperately trying to force him down the path of vendetta”, it stated.

“But we are a bit apprehensive over some conflicting signals that tend to validate the speculations that there are scores to settle in high places. “The most recent was the cancellation of the grand rally planned for last Saturday in Lokoja.

“Mr. President was not able to attend and perform his traditional role of presenting the candidate to the electorate. There were reports in the media alleging that the absence of Mr. President was actually a premeditated retributive boycott”.



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  1. oyegu and okorocha do know audu more than us? An arrogant and selfish one.the change cant work here becose we can not change from good to evil, audu is a promise failure.infact APC has no candidates. Oyegu and okorocha do know he steals our 11billion.seem you people were thief why supporting thief.

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