An aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Party (APC), for the November 16 Kogi State governorship election, Prince Mona Mustapha Audu, has promised to work towards the emancipation of the Confluence State from poverty , other economic deprivations and social injustices.
Audu made the promise on Sunday in Lokoja , the state’s capital, when he kick started his campaign for the Lugard House which was witnessed by thousands of his supporters and party faithful who participated in a memorable “Walk for Freedom “ on June 16 to signify liberation of the people of the state.
Recalled that June 16 is a significant day in Africa’s liberation struggles, as it was on this day in 1976 that there was uprising of Soweto students against the then white minority government in South Africa a development that marked watershed in the liberation struggle of South Africa.
Mona, is the son of late Prince Abubakar Audu was a two time governor of the state, and was coasting home to victory in the Kogi state governorship contest against the then incumbent, Capt. Idris Wada before his demise four years ago, promised to end the long sufferings of Kogi workers “as well as thousands of our parents who have been languishing in poverty and want as a result of poverty and deprivations visited on them by an uncaring government .
“Those in power today did not have the vision of my father for an economical prosperous and welfare Kogi state.:
Cheered by thousands of his supporters and admirers drawn from the 21 LGAs of the state, the FCT, Lagos and other states of the Federation, after undertaking “ trek to freedom” from the NTA Square to his family House at GRA, Lokoja, ,
According to him, “It pains me that this great state highly endowed continues to degenerate on all fronts. The state that provided Nigeria its first capital, the state that is so blessed by God has never witnessed poverty and suffering of its people on unprecedented scale being encountered by our people today.
“It pains me that civil servants continue to die helplessly as a result of mismanagement of our commonwealth . At the end of every darkness there must be light at the end of the tunnel.
“Today is our freedom day. My administration will stand for freedom. By the grace of God Almighty I will make this state great again.”
Prince Mona Audu promised to make the welfare of the youths and that of women his priority, saying he will enunciate programmes and policies that will create jobs for the teeming youths and women in the state if he gets the mandate of his people.
On women in particular, he promised to reserve 50 percent of his cabinet and other key appointments to them.
Speaking in a similar vein, his wife, Zahrah Mustapha Audu, explained that her husband’s campaign slogan:”Kogi first , Kogi for all: Mona de come” was borne out of the urgent need and desire “to heed to the call and tears of all us compatriots for the rescue of the state.”
Most importantly she said her husband will work tirelessly towards ensuring economic independence and prosperity for the state to enable it tackle many challenges.
She added: “Freedom where economic independence of the state will be secured so we are not held hostage to the dependency culture of allocation from the Federation Account . Take a look at the blue print of Lagos state policy on diversification for enhanced sustainability, or freedom from saboteurs that are threatening the survival of our collectively-owned state.”
Mrs Audu said her husband was leading a struggle, to among other things, ensure freedom for all Kogites to afford the same health care coverage irrespective of their social status; to provide voice for the voiceless; to ensure accountability of those entrusted with authorities in the state.
She stressed that her husband will not fail the people of the state as he and his team will work not only for the economic liberation of the state, but equally for “freedom for credibility, and bringing Kogi to the league of developed states in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.”Share this on WhatsApp