Okun Development Association’s Request before President Ahmed Tinubu is a misplaced Priority – Barrister Bello
A former member of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Barrister Alfred Bello has described the request placed before President Bola Tinubu by some people who visited him yesterday in the name of Okun Development Association as a misplaced priority and most unfortunate.
According to him, most people in Okunland were shocked with the kind of request presented before the President as selfish in pursuit of personal interest, instead of drawing the President attention to the deplorable state of federal roads in Okunland and the upgrading of College of Agriculture to a full fledged University that has been pending long ago.
He noted that one would have expected them to seek for more federal presence and patronage in Okunland, stressing that nothing is wrong for them to commend the effort of Governor Yahaya Bello for given us a University in Okunland and seek for federal support .
“How can Okun people go to the President in an open space asking him to do anti-party by supporting Okun for Governor when you know fully well that no Okun candidate with APC tickets. So you are expecting the President to support PDP, ADC or AA.In fact this is ridiculous and insult to Mr President’s integrity”
He further stressed that the President have said it all and his messages should is very clear, it should be food for thought.
The President said he will look into the issue of marginalization and not rotation, stressing that politics is horse trading.
President Tinubu recalled the agreement on power rotation made by Prince Abubarkar Audu and other leaders but acknowledged the fact that the unforeseen events that took away Prince Abubakar Audu has serious impact on the arrangements, pointed out that the judgment of the Supreme Court brought the present government who is also a member of his party, stressing that this is a clear statement of how he value his party been in control.
“In the words of the President, he said Democracy is still a game of number, asked them to be patient and that they should Show solidarity to other members of the Senatorial Districts in the State”
Barr. Bello appealed to Okun leaders to come to round table negotiations to discuss the way forward as the numbers in Okunland is a disadvantage already and yet the area is having 3 candidates from different parties to share the limited votes.
“I salute the courage of the Okuns who are in the race but there is time for everything. Okun governorship is either now or later and not either now or never”
“We should not turn ourselves to political activist. I hope and I pray that we will not repeat the same scenario that made us to loss Federal University to Lokoja from the same senatorial district. A word is enough for the wise”