The immediate past Chief of Naval Staff, Rtd Admiral Jibril Usman has warned against attacks and intimidation of supporters assuring that such development would attracts counter reactions from appropriate authority.
Admiral Jibril Usman who is one of the leading Aspirant contesting for governorship position in Kogi state stated this while hosting members of the Kogi West for Usman Jibril in Anyigba, in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State.
Retired Admiral Usman said Nigeria constitution which is the grand num and symbol of Nigeria unity permits individual to freely associate and participate freely in electoral process.
The Naval Chief urged his supporters to remain calm and focused and as well exhibit high level of maturity during campings.
He described Kogi West as an organised set of people who prided themselves in education and merit stressing that their pattern of votes is devoid of ethnic, religious and party affiliations.
The Naval Chief said the time has come when matured minds must come to the political scenario of the state, saying the abysmal performance of Governor Yahaya Bello has created doubt in the support of “not too young to run” policy of the Federal Government.
His words ” Kogi is currently the most indebted state in the country. No infrastructure, no progress at all. The reason for the poor performance of Governor Yahaya Ballo is not far fetched. Bello did not promise Kogians anything. I am forced to reason along after numerous calls on me to join the race.
“The high rates of death, the high level of poverty, the hostility meted out on civil servants and retirees deserve the attention of true statemen.
“Kogians are proud and contented set of people. Of recent, people have resorted to begging which is a clear indication of a directionless government”, he said.
In a remark, the leader of the group, Comrade Adeboye said the members, which cut across the seven local government areas of the Western Senatorial District, have resolved to work for the success of Jibril.
He appealed to Retired Rear Admiral Jibril, to come and salvage the people from oppressive system of governance which has made it impossible for the majority to realise their daily bread.
His words” we are projecting the candidate we are marketing to every nooks and crannies of the state. ‘Enough is enough’ is our slogan and we say enough to hunger, poverty, suicide, underdevelopment and thuggery.
“People can no longer feed in the state, civil servants and pensioners are living a miserable lives, our roads are terribly bad, nothing to Justify the huge amount that is received from the Federal Government”, he noted.
Also speaking, the Kogi Local Government Coordinator for the group, Alhaji Salihu Shuaibu who is also the chairman of the Kogi-Koton-karfe Coalition of All Progressive Congress Support Group said the youths have resolved to support the candidature of Retired Rear Admiral Jibril for governorship position under the platform of All Progressive Congress.
He said the present Governor has disappointed the people and it would be too risky to feature him in the next election.
He described the Naval Chief as a maketable candidate with good track records, noting that his efforts in facilitating employment opportunities for people, establishment of Naval Base in Banda, barrack in Idah as well as the Naval School in Okura will not be forgotten.