The Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Chief Edward David Onoja today, the 2nd of February, received Amb. Dr. Friday Sani aka Makama into the All Progressives Congress. Makama, who had recently dumped the umbrella for the broom alongside thousands of his supporters in his Ward in Odolu, Igalamela LGA of Kogi State, had visited to formally declare his stand and desires for the Party going forward.
Chief Edward Onoja thanked God for uniting the people whilst welcoming Hon. Friday Sani aka Makama into the APC, a Party he described as one that had “no seniority”. He added that he has seen the light and where the wind of progress is blowing.
He stated that when the New Direction government came into power, Hon. Makama was a good friend of the young government, even though he was in the opposition until there was a disconnect. He described him as a stabilizing factor at the state assembly, noting that God has led him back into the light, and his defection will further strengthen Governor Bello’s stance on youth emancipation.
Chief Onoja stated that Governor Yahaya Bello was chosen by God based on prophecy, and was ushered at a pivotal period in Kogi’s history to demystify old beliefs and push for a New Nigeria devoid of tribal and religious bigotry. He stated that Makama’s defection, while further weakening the opposition, will strengthen the stand of the APC in Kogi East and Kogi at large, and urged all Kogites to join a Party where their needs matter.
In a banter with Hon Makama, Chief Onoja noted how he was then the chief custodian of insults and name calling as Chief Traitor of the Igala race for supporting a Government led by a non Igala. Forgetting all humans are same before our creator. In his words “I can say people who key in and are not so bashed are either into their usual games or here on an assignment for their original masters but as always time will reveal all truths. It was evident from output from their communities in the last Elections.
At the appropriate time the final mark is from Electoral output”, he noted. He also chronicled how he handed over the baton to Dr. Salisu Ogbo who also handed over to Amade Edime before Makama inherited the mantle now.
He also said since Hon Makama has joined, others would also join the party before he hands over the social media bashing and clandestine meetings gang ups to them.
He also admonished that the greatest weapon of the Christain Faith is love and forgiveness, he urged every aggrieved member to join hands with Hon. Makama and his litany of supporters to push the Party forward. He concluded by stating that it is in the interest of all Kogites, irrespective of tribe and religion to have Governor Yahaya Bello as President, so that his quest to liberate Nigeria can be fulfilled.
Amb. Dr. Friday Sani aka Makama described himself as a man of “high principle and crusader of the Igala people”, and declared that he had come into the APC to add value to the emancipation of the Igala Nation and the Nigerian youth. He said that he had carefully observed the happenings in Kogi APC, and had decided to join the Party after careful deliberations.
He promised to stand by the APC so that development can come to the people. He concluded by saying that Yahaya Bello has broken records in the State for aspiring to be the first Kogite to aspire to the highest seat in the land, and all Kogi youth had no alternative than to stand by him.
Also present at the meeting were the Member representing Igalamela at the State Assembly, Hon. Cosmos Ataboh and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Patrick Onogu, High Chief Amade Edime, his ally for over two decades and Miss Eunice Treasure, an Igalamela Odolu stalwart.
Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor
February 2nd, 2021