*It is Victory for Democracy- Fanwo
The All Progressives Congress in Mopamuro Local Government Area of Kogi State has elected three National Delegates. The exercise witnessed massive turnout of party supporters across the ten Wards of the LGA.
The positions which were contested by five aspirants had Mrs David Alumo scoring 116 votes, Kingsley Fanwo, 93 votes and Edward Olorunmbe Eseyin, 79 votes. Others are Atteh Dare, 2 votes and Mubo Folorunsho with 1 vote.
Speaking to reporters shortly after the Congress, the Director General on Media and Publicity to the Governor, Kinglsey Fanwo said the exercise was very peaceful and transparent.
“Today, Nigerians have seen how transparent and internally democratic our party is. Our members conducted themselves peacefully and remained firm with their determination to deepen the democratic credentials of our great party.
“Today, we made a bold statement that Mopamuro remains an APC stronghold despite the predictions of the Prophets of doom that the Congress will be violent.
“Today, the Executive Governor of Kogi State and the undisputed leader of the party in the state has proven his leadership acumen and capacity to lead the party to unassailable victories in 2019. Our party is peaceful. Kogi State is peaceful and we shall remain peaceful”.
When asked why some party leaders boycotted the Congress, Fanwo said it is no problem.
“They are adults. They made a decision and it is not my duty to question their decision. What would have been worrisome is if the supporters and loyal party members had stayed off. This party is owned by the people. They came out and did a marvelous job of proving to the world that the Governor retains their support.
“Politics is about the people. The Governor made it mandatory for his appointees to bond with the grassroots and that has paid off. We know our people and our people know us. We are not afraid of going to our villages to meet our people.
“We will build on this momentum and ratchet up our bond with the people; mulch our gains and continue to make our party great”, he said.
The Chairman of the party, Alh. Haddi Ametuo was one of the leaders who failed to attend a stakeholders meeting of the party a day prior to the Congress, but Fanwo said he was not ready to discuss personalities.
“Alh. Haddi Ametuo and other leaders of the party were invited for the meeting. While others attended, some choose to remain in Abuja. The Governor attended the meeting at the State Secretariat of the party, so the meeting was open to all party leaders. If anyone choose not to attend, we have no problem with that.
“I do not agree that the failure of those people to attend took any shine away from the peaceful, credible, transparent and fair Congress. It has come and gone and we are focusing on the future”.
Fanwo thanked security agents and party faithful for success of the exercise.