From Babatunde Rahman, Lokoja
The governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi state, Mr. Bayo Averehi has said that the party will take over Kogi state in the coming governorship election.
Addressing delegates ahead of the party primary, he said that the best strategy which has been tested and trusted in the last general election in Adamawa and Bauchi States is to use a candidate from the same Senatorial zone with the incumbent Governor, this will eliminate ethnic or tribal sentiment among the electorates.
Averehi who is from Kogi Central noted that the result will be a massive protest vote against the incumbent Governor across the three Senatorial zones, resulting from his performance.
“Dear delegates, you stand to benefit in your own government for 4years and beyond if you vote wisely for Bayo Averehi who is the only candidate from the same Senatorial zone with the incumbent Governor.
“Central has only one more term in Government, vote Bayo Averehi to complete the second term of the Central senatorial zone.
He assured that there are three holistic steps he will deploy to actualize this by making available interest free loans to groups of people in different petty trades and businesses in each local government across the State, which will be supervised by a financial institution.
Secondly, he said he will engage in, and make compulsory mechanise farming in each of the Local government Area, which will run under Public Private Partnership (PPP) scheme. Also, three silos of international standard will be built in each senatorial zone for storage of farm produce.
According to him, peasant farmers will be made to get value for their hard work, their products will be purchased and stored at a reasonable value, thereby eliminating the middle men who buys their products for peanut and sell at exorbitant rates in the urban areas.
He said the storage systems will enhance possible exportation of farm produce and also will ensure absolute stabilization of the salaries and pensions of the Kogi State workers.