Indigenes of Kogi State resident in Edo State have promised to vote en masse for the All Progressives Congress (APC), and its candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
Bako Eberedelu Dogwo, President-General, Kogi State Indigenes in Diaspora world-wide, gave this assurance weekend during a press conference in Benin City, Edo State capital.
He said the move was in deference to the directive by the governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello urging them to vote for the Edo APC candidate, Ize-Iyamu come September 19 this year.
Dogwo said it was on this basis that he had begun mobilising and sensitising his people as the election approaches so as not to disappoint their state governor.
He noted that in the past, indigenes of Kogi domiciled in Edo had been participating in the electoral process with nothing to benefit but that because of their governor, they have resolved to perform that civic responsibility once again.
According to him, Kogi State Indigenes were equally mobilising to give their governor a rousing welcome whenever he visits Edo as part of the APC campaign train.
Dogwo said “We have been directed by the governor of our state, Alhaji Yahaya Bello to deliver all our votes to the APC and support its gubernatorial candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu come September 19 general election.
“We are indigenes of Kogi State domicile in Edo State. We spread across the 18 local government areas of the state with population of 34,000.
“We are players in all sectors of the economy in Edo contributing to its development by paying our taxes to further enhance economic development. Politically, we cast our votes in the state”.
He said further, “We have swung into action to carry the message to the rural areas where our people reside to sensitize them on the directives of our governor and I have no doubt that come September 19, we will deliver for APC in Edo”.