It is no longer news that come November 16th, 2019, Kogi people will file out to elect a new Governor that will pilot the affairs of the State for another four years.
What is however the news is the commitment of Governor Yahaya Bello, the incumbent governor and the flag bearer of the All Progressive Congress not living any stone to chance in bringing together all the members of the party to ensure that the coming election is won clean, clear and convincingly.
Since he came on board on January 27th 2016, Governor Yahaya Bello has not shied away from the fact that all aggrieved members of the party must be reconciled.
The weekend hosting of chief James Abiodun Faleke by Governor Bello clearly underscored that determination.
Recalled that the major happenings in Kogi State now, from the West, Central and Eastern parts of the State is the massive return of all APC members, who hitherto have had reasons to sing discordant tunes.
Similarly, the Governor did not only limit his reconciliation efforts only to old and founding members, he has also extended his effort to members of other political parties.
The massive influx into the APC by members of the opposition PDP and other political parties, is already a pointer to what November 16th, 2019 Governorship election will look like, that is, a sure victory for Governor Bello and Chief Edward Onoja’s ticket.
The jubilation and commendation that trailed the meeting of Governor Bello and Chief Abiodun Faleke cannot be imagined as people trouped out in joy to say the battle of the two warring faction and major actors of the APC in Kogi State has finally come to an end and paved way for the APC victory in the coming governorship polls.
The jubilation which was occasioned by the fruitful discussion between Governor Bello and Chief Faleke on how best to perfect a clear victory for the APC was put in place.
Like it has always been said, in politics there is no permanent enemy but interest.
The major gladiators have again proved that the Kogi project is far and above any individual interest.
While it is safe to state that under the Governor Bello’s administration, so much milestone achievements has been made in the unity of the people.
It is heartwarming that never has an administration engendered cohesion and togetherness amongst the people like it is presently witnessed in which a good majority of people in the State believe that this feat should be sustained beyond 2019.
Similarly, unlike in the past, the even distribution of infrastructure to areas that are not privileged to hold or have their son as governor, must have necessitated the collaboration of many political actors who having x-rayed development have concluded that peace and togetherness remains a panacea to development.
Furthermore, the equal distribution of appointment to the young segment of the State population, who today are the State’s leaders, has remained the tonic, causing many to return and defect to the APC.
While Governor Yahaya Bello’s courage and political sagacity in navigating the State’s tough political landscape, a State considered as a miniature Nigeria deserves commendation, Governor Bello no doubt has proved to be a leader with a large heart, who listens, and is ready to make amends.
Similarly, the boldness of leaders like Chief James Faleke alongside other leaders and individuals who have returned to APC to sacrifice their interests for the greater interest, is one achievements that will go into the annals of history as patriotic and selfless in building a stronger Kogi project.
For citizens and observers of Kogi politics, nothing is too much to be sacrificed for peace, growth and development as we inch towards November 16th, 2019 and beyond.
like it is always said, you don’t change a winning team; The need for communities that have hitherto not enjoyed amenities like roads, electricity, Pipe borne water amongst several others that Governor Bello’s first term administration represents can therefore not be mortgaged.
Little wonder, the efforts of the governor and those who are returning to the APC to ensure that the State remains in the mainstream politics calls for commendation.
Kogi cannot afford to be in the minority, not with what the State has benefitted from the APC led administration in the centre and the many more that are still in the offing.
For now, the coming on board of Chief James Abiodun Faleke is another icing on the cake as it is safe to conclude that APC is on course and will be delivered safely on November 16th, 2019.
It is also expedient that other aggrieved members who are yet to rejoin the APC family should emulate the patriotic stance of Chief James Abiodun Faleke.