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Alex Kadiri describes Ododo’s early steps as continuation of Bello’s hatred for the Igalas

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An elder statesman and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress ,(APC) in Kogi State, Senator Alex Kadiri has described the recent appointment of 16 Commissioners, with Kogi Central and Kogi West having 7 slots apiece, leaving 2 slots for Kogi East as a continuation of former Governor Yahaya Bello’s open hatred for the majority Igalas.
Senator Kadiri who represented Kogi East at the beginning of the 4th Republic (1999-2003), also drew Governor Ododo’s attention to his deliberate disrespect for the highly reverred Ata Igala in his inauguration speech when he trampled on the order of heirhachy of traditional rulers in the State as an affront on the igala race.
The former senator who spoke in Abuja in a press briefing at his redence at the weekend expressed concerns over the deplorable state of affairs in his home state stressing that he will always speak his mind based on facts availlable to him.
Senator Kadiri also stated that he has achieved much in life that the state Government cannot pocket him over any kind of appointment or inducement to close his eyes to evil and unpatriotic activities.

He specifically mainatined that his love for his state transcends the thinking of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu or any other person for that matter.
According to him, “I am not interested in what Tinubu thinks I am interested in what Kogi people think. I am not looking for a job, alot of people are quiet because they have the hope they can be given appointment. Alex Kadiri has no desire for any appointment. I have been a senator, chairman of a university’s governing council, a permanent secretary, what else can I look for that God has not done for me?

“What is going on in Kogi and the people are afraid or tired of talking because the APC does not care. We are a national party that it’s Secretariat keep quiet in the face of wrong things.
He said he is being dragged backwards to talk about local issues which first and foremost are below his level.
“I am from Kogi State, no matter what I have become in Abuja today, I cannot forget that I come from Kogi. And that State has been messed up completely by the APC. The truth must be told”

”You can imagine the inauguration of the New Governor who failed to recognize the Chairman of the Traditional Council the Ata Igala. The governor and his wife kneeling down for the outgoing governor at the inauguration ground. What a shame.
“This was the same way a serving senator removed his shoes and knelt down for the one that called himself white Lion and the video was circulated to humiliate him. Of all the atrocities that man has committed, of all the money they have wasted doing nothing he now wants to be the chairman of the Party.
“What manner of a ruling party is this? Tell me. I can not continue to take this nonsense. A failed governor now want to be the national chairman of the party, he wants to take over from Ganduje. What type of country are we running, why are we provoking Nigerians”.
Continuing he said, Tinubu has filled Abuja with Lagos people, no problem, he bought his way, if you want to remove him try and buy your own way. But still let Tinubu treat Nigerians with some decorum.
“He has no respect for us at all as citizens of this country, we heard he was in France on a private visit, how can a president of a country sneak into another country? Why is he humiliating us continuously.
“He had picked Abdullahi Ganduje from Kano who was accused of taking bribe, that case has died till today. He made the man National chairman of the ruling party, is that not disgusting enough?
“Don’t we have standards and now immediate past Kogi Governor of Kogi, Yahaya Bello’s posters are all over Abuja he wants to take over from Ganduje. How can we go from one failure to another failure?.

“Then you go to Kogi, the new Governor appointed 16 commissioners 7 of them are from Kogi West, 7 are from Kogi Central and only 2 from Kogi East. What manner of insanity is this, what manner of carelessness, how do you provoke people to start reacting violently and then you send police to start arresting them? “The two district of Central and West combined are about half of the state what nonsense is this. Appointing Traditional rulers as if they are political appointees that can be moved in a cabinet reshuffle from one ministry to the other. “As if we are back to the colonial days the former Governor recently deposed some traditional rulers who he sent on exile to Niger State without consultation with the state where he is exiting them to.
“What is their offense, he is accusing them of not working for the APC. Has the APC degenerated to this level? What a country? what legacy are we leaving for our children.
“We have become a laughing stock in the committee of nations. I saw the Vice President Kasim Shettima and the APC National Chairman gathered in Lokoja over last weekend to inaugurate the new governor. Did they ask themselves whether the Lokoja is still the one that was the capital of Nigeria in those days.
“Is there any local government headquarters in their place that is as bad as Lokoja? The capital city with no good roads, they just came to squander Kogi money and then return to Abuja. I am angry, I am terrified. I am 81years, very soon I will be 82. What am I going to tell my grand children that I am part of this mess and I cannot do anything about it”.

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Kogi Gov promises to construct Idoji-Enyinare road

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**Improve Logistics for Local Security Architecture

Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo of Kogi State has said indicated that his administration will soon commence the construction of road networks linking communities in different parts of the state.
Special Adviser on Media to the Governor, Ismaila Isah in a statement quoted the Governor to have made the disclosure during his Sallah homage to the people of Onyukoko-Idoji ward in Okene Local Government area as part of his tour of communities during the Sallah break.

The Governor who addressed a gathering of supporters at Idoji expressed concern over the condition of the Idoji-Enyinare road promising that immediate attention will be given to the road along with other roads linking local communities in different parts of the state
He reiterated the need for people in local communities to be connected by road infrastructure to enhance social and economic activities in the state.

According to him, he was well aware of challenges in the area and promised that his administration will not relent in addressing gaps in road infrastructure across the state for the benefit of the citizens.

The Governor expressed appreciation to the youths, women and other stakeholders in the area for the tremendous support he received during the November 11, 2023 governorship election, assuring that the welfare of the people will remain a priority for the state government under his leadership.

Governor Ododo who enjoined the youths to desist from divisive tendencies and sustain peaceful coexistence in the area, assured the community of improvement in logistics for the local vigilante group
He promisied that his administration will remodel the local security architecture in the area and make it a template for other communities in the state as part of the renewed onslaught against criminals in the state.

While acknowledging the pivotal role of the people of Onyukoko-Idoji ward in his emergence as the Governor of the state, Governor Ododo promised that his administration will accord tremendous importance to the people whose sacrifices he noted served as the foundation for the agitation for equity in the political history of Kogi State.

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Ododo Condoles Former Governor Ibrahim Idris Over Son’s Demise

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Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo has sent condolence message to the former Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris over the demise of his son, late Honourable Muhammed Ibrahim Idris.
Muhammed who was former member of the House of Representative(Ankpa/Olamaboro/Omala Federal Constituency) died on Wednesday in Abuja after the Eid El-Fitr prayers
In a condolence message signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Ismaila Isah, Governor Ododo described the death of the late federal lawmaker as a tragic loss as he expressed deep sympathy with the family of former Governor Ibrahim Idris.

According to Governor Ododo, the late Honourable Muhammed Ibrahim Idris was an older brother in whom he had found a worthy compatriot, noting that their last meeting was in March, 2024 when he came in the company of stakeholders from Omala Local Government area on a solidarity visit to him as the Governor of Kogi State during which they had useful discussions on plans for the development of the state.

The Governor urged the family of Alhaji Ibrahim Idris to take solace in the fact that the late Honourable Mohammed lived a life filled with worthy accomplishments as a politician and a businessman.

Governor Ododo prayed that Allah grant the former lawmaker eternal rest and for his family to find the fortitude to bear the loss.

Born December 8, 1969, Honourable Mohammed Ibrahim Idris who represented Ankpa/Olamaboro/Omala Federal constituency from 2011 to 2015 died on Wednesday April 10, 2024 in Abuja at the age of 55.

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Eid-El-Fitr: Sustain Ramadan Virtues, Ideals, Values beyond celebration – Kogi Poly Rector Urges

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By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja.

RECTOR of Kogi State Polytechnic, Dr Salisu Ogbo Usman has called on Muslim Faithful to reflect on the teachings of the Holy month of Ramadan and sustain the virtues, ideals and values in their deeds.

In a special Sallah message to the state and nation personally signed by him and issued on Wednesday, the Rector congratulated the Muslim Ummah for the successful completion of the spiritual exercise.

Dr Ogbo Usman however urged Muslims to sustain the virtues of the Ramadan beyond the month and the celebration saying, “Ramadan has been a month of deep reflection, introspection and charitable deeds.

“Let us reflect on the teachings of the Holy month which call for sacrifice and perseverance in order to achieve enormous reward while we live in this world, and the hereafter.

“I also urge us to sustain the virtues, ideals and values beyond the month of Ramadan as it will be of immense benefit to us as individuals, and as a Polytechnic community.

“On this Eid day, may the Almighty Allah shower His blessings upon you and your loved ones, and may He grant you the highest level of happiness and joy on this auspicious day.

“On behalf of the Governing Council, Academic Board, Management, staff and Students of the Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, I wish to felicitate with the Muslim faithful on this year’s occasion of Eid-el-Fitr celebration”, he said.

Dr Ogbo Usman Specially felicitated His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo and the entire continuity and consolidation team for the successful completion of the Ramadan. (Ends)

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