By Concerned APC Stake holders.
As the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) is yet to release date for the Kogi State Council Elections, politicking here and there has however taking it toll across the State.
Yagba West Local Government is not exceptional as the contest is becoming hotter across board. Permutations and lobbying from different political groups are at the center stage of Yagba West local government politics.
When Yagba West political gladiators were interviewed, they all shed more light on how best the spirit of fairness, equity and justice can be maximally observed in the ancient Oyi local government.
In there submissions, they all said, as it stands today, Yagba West is made up of fourteen wards, seven wards in Egbe metropolis known as Town Council and seven wards in the suburb also known as Area Council.
The council Chairman they all said must come from the Area Council, with Ogbe ward most favoured owing to the way and manner our rotational understanding in Yagba West plays its role and our respective role in the last elections delivery by each ward.
According to them, the present Yagba West House of Assembly, Special Adviser Culture / Tourism and Special Adviser to Her Excellency Governor Adoza Yahaya Bello among others are from the Town Council.
The Stakeholders said it therefore becomes expediently obligatory for the Area Council to produce the Council Chairman for equity and justice that Gov. Yahaya Bello stands for in the mantra of ” Let’s do more.”
Out of the seven wards in the Area Council, namely; Ere, Ogga /Omi/ Odoara, Igbaruku,/Iyamerin, Okoloke/ Isanlu Esa/Okunran, Ejiba Wards , all the stakeholders spoken to says the only Ward outstanding to either get appointed or elective Chairmanship position is Ogbe.
Ere Ward is comprising of Odo Ere Akata / Oke Ere has had the council Chairman not quite long ago with Hon Makanjuola aka Fantasy. Ogga/ Omi/ Odo Ara ward was with Hon Pius Kolawole, Eri /Okoto ward also produce Chief Agbana while late Elder Oshatimehin represented Ejiba Ward.
Igbaruku /Iyamerin ward, has had their slots too, when Hon. Asaje was the Chairman..
Since the 1999 episode of democratic practice, only Okoloke/Okunran /Isanlu Esa and Ogbe ward has never had Council Chairman . It is worthy to note that Yagba West House of Assembly in recent last dispensation was Hon Lawal represented Oko loke/ Isanlu Esa / Okunran ward.
Meanwhile, during the February 23rd general elections, Ogbe ward delivered President Muhammadu Buhari, Sen. Smart Adeyemi and Hon. Henry Abimbola with a wide margin.
APC was flawlessly and heavily defeated at other wards in the Area Council both the February 23rd and November 16th general elections, despite the fact that we had Special Adviser on Political Matters from Omi.
Prioritising equity fairplay, reward for hardworking and loyalty to the party, APC Stakeholders believe Ogbe ward should be solely considered to produce the Council Chairman at the forthcoming Local Government in Yagba West.
By :Yagba West Observers/ Concerned Group’s.