The Legal Adviser of the Okun Development Association in Lagos and the South West of Nigeria, Mr. Boyede Ogun, has disowned a group that last month campaigned against the candidacy of Prince Abubakar Audu and Hon. Abiodun Faleke for next month’s governorship polls in Kogi State.
Ogun, a lawyer and activist, said genuine Okun people in Lagos and the rest of the South West back both Audu, an Igala, and Faleke, an Okun Yoruba, the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) governorship and deputy governorship candidates for the November 21 polls.
He said: “The Okun people in Lagos State and the entire south western part of Nigeria are in full support of Prince Abubakar Audu and Hon Abiodun Faleke in the forthcoming governorship election which is to come up by God’s grace on November 21, 2015 in Kogi State.”
Ogun, a one-time Yagba West Local Government Chairmanship aspirant under the APC, said the anti-APC group is not known to Kogi people whether in the state or in the Diaspora.
In a recent publication, the said coalition of Kogi State indigenous and towns associations in Lagos State, under the aegis of Kogi People in Lagos (KPL), asked voters to reject the APC governorship candidates, but Ogun declared that the coalition does not represent Kogi people.
He said: “As the legal adviser of the Okun Development Association in Lagos and the South Western part of Nigeria, we say categorically that the alleged group never existed.
“The Okun Development Association in Lagos has as its chairman, Chief Owoniyi Akere, Public Relations Officer, Mr. Odunayo Joseph and myself as the association’s Legal Adviser.”
Ogun said the coalition’s promoters do not deserve much attention.
He said: In the light of the above, the likes of Mr Adebukola Ebenezer, Pastor Obalemo, who are calling on people not to vote for the APC are not to be taken seriously.
“A vote for the APC in Kogi State governorship election will definitely bring Kogi State to the limelight.
Ogun continued: “It is important to note that the reign of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi State has been associated with poverty, inability to pay workers’ salaries, bad roads, underdevelopment, retrogression and backwardness.
“It is no longer news that of all the states in the North Central part of Nigeria, it is only Kogi State that is still under the reign of the PDP.”
The lawyer urged Okun people both at home and abroad to believe in the competence of Audu and Faleke.
He added: “The duo have been tested and examples of their achievements and experience abound.
“We, therefore, solicit, persuade and encourage all well-meaning people of Kogi State to vote for Prince Abubakar Audu and Hon Abiodun Faleke for a well deserved change that we are looking forward to seeing on November 21.”