Sen. Nicholas Ugbane, former chairman senate committees on Power and INEC on Thursday declared his intention to contest the Kogi Gubernatorial seat on the platform of the All progressives Congress (APC).
Ugbane who made the declaration at the party secretariat in Lokoja said his ambition was premised on the desire to turn around the fortunes of the state with special focus on Education, Agriculture, industrialization among others.
“The population of Kogi State is about 1.3 million and I have carefully articulated and synchronized the problems of the State and expressed the desire to ensure qualitative service delivery for socio-economic advancement of the state.
Ugbane also pledged to resuscitate the ailing Ajaokuta Steel Company Limited (ASCL) by completing and making operational functional units to provide jobs for the state’s teeming unemployed youths.
“As one of my cardinal points, I will make sure that ASCL and the National Iron-Ore Mining Company (NIOMCO) came on line to provide jobs for our teeming youths. All it takes is the political will”, he said.
The former senator who presented his administration’s blueprint and manifesto (“key gubernatorial specifics)” to the party chairman, Mr Haddy Ametuo saying he would address “the infrastructural decay and untold sufferings of the people.”
He said his government would ensure prompt payment of salaries to civil servants and teachers and focus on agriculture through conscious move towards agro-industrial development of the state adding “Kogi has no business being poor.”
Pledging to harness the potentials of the state, Ugbane said he had garnered enough experience.
“The National Assembly is the university for politicians and having been there for eight solid years, I am in the best position to deliver democracy benefits for them.”
Responding, chairman of the party, Haddy Ametuo said the state was the least developed in the country and had been in retrogress since the year 2000 and expressed the hope that the next governor which the party would hopefully produce, will ensure growth and development.
Ametuo said all aspirants would be given equal opportunity to test their popularity adding that there would be no anointed candidate as the party primary would be conducted. (NAN)