Despite abysmal and woe-full performance of a Governor from Ebira extraction, the forum for justice still believes the region is still at disadvantage, and the gathering that is expected to come out with a very logical resolution on how to redirect and send a letter of displeasure to the current occupant of the Lugard House, the audience was taking aback when the convener Dr Adaba stole the show to campaign for Yahaha Adoza Bello second term. Bellow the abridge communique issue from the gathering:
KOGI CENTRAL AND KOGI WEST FORUM FOR EQUITY AND JUSTICE COMMUNIQUE
1. The Kogi Central and Kogi West Forum for Equity and Justice met Monday, June 29, 2015 in Abuja. The meeting was attended by over 100 representatives of the 12 Local Government Areas of the two Senatorial Districts.
2. The meeting reviewed the social, economic and political situation in the state since its creation 24 years ago and came to the painful conclusion that Kogi State has not lived up to the expectation of its founding fathers. It has been starved of economic and political development as a result of the unconscionable level of marginalisation and oppression of the people of Central and Western Senatorial Districts.
3. Available statistics clearly show that while Kogi Central and West Senatorial Districts account for 55 per cent of the population and about 85 per cent of the state’s internally generated revenue, political and public service appointments and recruitments as well as resource allocation have been monopolized by the Eastern Senatorial District to the extent of at least 80 per cent with Central and Western Senatorial Districts having to share less than 20 per cent.
4. The Forum noted that since its creation in 1991, Kogi State has been grossly and wilfully mismanaged by successive governments with absolutely nothing to show for the trillions of Naira that have accrued to it from federal allocation and internally generated revenue.
5. Having come to the conclusion that the present power relations in the state is unjust, unfair,inequitous and indefensible, the Forum resolved as follows: (a) that the current situation must not be allowed to continue; it must change; (b) that Kogi State has become a byword for mind-boggling mismanagement, endemic corruption and impunity; (C) that in order to save the state from imminent collapse, the people of Kogi Central and Kogi West Senatorial Districts have come together as one strong, indivisible political bloc, irrespective of party affiliations, to enthrone good governance, equity, fairness and justice in the state; (d) that in order to achieve this objective, Kogi Central and Kogi West Senatorial Districts will field a single candidate that is visionary, competent and dynamic in the upcoming governorship election in the state; (e) that the Forum appeals to all political parties to take cognisance of this development and reflect such in the selection of candidates for the forthcoming governorship election; (f) that any person from either Kogi Central or Kogi West who accepts a deputy governorship position from Kogi East is on his or her own and will be treated by the two districts as a traitor; (g) and that all groups with similar objectives in Kogi Central and Kogi West Senatorial Districts are encouraged to fuse into this Forum to actualise our dreams.
6. The Forum resolved to pursue this project further by setting up the following committees: strategy, finance, contact and mobilisation, media and publicity, and primaries. These committees will commence work immediately.
7. The Forum defines its vision as “A united people enjoying the benefit of, prospering in, a Kogi State governed by the principles and practice of justice, fairness and equity.
8. The meeting, which was co-chaired by Professor Eyitayo Lambo, Professor Yusuf Aliyu and Alhaji Idris Yusuf Tawari, had in attendance the following people: Chief J. O. Omuya, Professor I. Abdulsalam, Alhaji Isiaq Ajibola, Chief Tunde Olusunle, Chief Femi Ajisafe, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, Prince Emmanuel Omadivi, Alhaji Sanusi Abubakar, A, Brig-Gen. Yusuf Abubakar (Rtd), Stephen Yakubu, and more.
DR.A.TOM ADABA, OON Chairman, Media Committee