Hon Sunday Karimi, two-term member of House of Representatives and a leading aspirant for Kogi West Senatorial District election in 2023 has been touted as the preferred candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) hierarchy and the Kogi State seat of power.
Although the much touted “Unity List”, said to consist names of Consensus Candidates for each of the three senatorial districts, federal and state constituencies did not materialize, insiders informed our correspondent that the list eventually was channelled through party organs at the various levels in the state, appointees and the council chairmen.
At the meeting, the governor was quoted as appealing to APC stakeholders that following the seamless processes of the senatorial primary election of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Kogi West, which produced House of Reps member, Hon Tajudeen Yusuf, the ruling APC could not afford to go into this weekend’s Primary to elect its candidates for the Senate, House of Reps and state assembly without considerations for consensus.
Governor Bello admonished aspirants not favoured in the consensus against working against the consensus arrangement as such action would be tantamount to working against the overall interests of the party. He was equally of the view that the system having been beneficial to some members of the party in 2019, such beneficiaries should not be seen as working against the same system that produced them”, revealed a source at the Abuja meeting.
No fewer than six aspirants obtained the APC expression of interest and nomination forms for the Kogi West senate election. They include incumbent Senator Smart Adeyemi, Karimi, Dr Muyi Aina, Mr Christopher Oni, Mrs Doyin Ibikunle Eshanumi and Engr Olusegun Joseph.
With the exception of Senator Adeyemi who is from Kabba-Bunu-Ijumu Federal Constituency, all five other aspirants are from Yagba Federal Constituency, which has been agitating for the rotation of the Senate seat to the area after eight years of Lokoja/Kotonkarfe and 16 years of Kabba-Bunu-Ijumu Federal Constituencies respectively.
Governor Yahaya Bello is said to be favourably disposed to Yagba producing the next Kogi West senator, hence the endorsement of Karimi, who is seen as a formidable contender from Yagba and considering his experience as a two-term Rep.
The development, it is gathered, is aimed at pruning down the number of aspirants from Yagba from five to one, so as to boost the chances of the federal constituency at the primaries slated for Saturday, May 28.
Also, efforts to reach Karimi by our reporter failed as he neither picked his calls nor responded to text messages seeking his views on his reported endorsement as the APC consensus candidate by the Governor.