By Odih Daniel Nuhu, Lokoja.
The family of His Royal Highness, the late Alhaji Audu Oyidi, the Orego Attah of Ogbonicha, in its resolution on Sunday, has chosen to support Muhammed Abubakar Audu as the governorship candidate in the forthcoming Kogi State November 16, 2019 gubernatorial election.
You will recall that Yahaya Audu, Muhammed Audu and Mona Mustapha Audu indicated interest to contest in the forthcoming governorship election.
Mona first flagged off his political campaign with the launching of his political party of interest, YPP, in Lokoja. He subsequently indicated interest in chasing his ambition on the platform of the APC.
Yahaya Audu on the other hand first ran for the Kogi East senatorial seat before he decided to fulfill his political ambition via gubernatorial contest.
The family, comprising His Royal Highness, Alhaji Tijani Audu; Alhaji Ibrahim Audu; Hajia Hawawo (Aya); Hajia Ramatu Audu; Hajia Nana Audu; Hajia Teina; and other members, in its resolution also reached out to Yahaya Audu to drop his ambition in favour of Muhammed Audu who is the preferred candidate.
“This is a new dawn in Audu’s family, as the support is premised on the family’s desire to present a more politically mature member to carry on the sterling personality, legacy and grand social standing the Audu’s family is known for.
“Muhammed Audu, a grassroots politician has been an active member of the APC right from when Prince Abubakar Audu was alive, and has contributed immensely to the development of the party. He is also the rallying point of contact known to the political friends and allies of the late Prince Abubakar Audu. It is therefore uncharitable to allow Muhammed to lose all the goodwill and supports that are the necessary condiments in any successful political outing,” they said.
Mona Mustapha Audu and Yahaya Audu have by this resolution, lost the total support and goodwill of the family. They are therefore enjoined by the family to support Muhammed Audu for the sake of love, unity, progress and synergy.
The information obtained from a very close member of the family reveals that the family believes in Muhammed more than in anyone else, and that Muhammed is more capable of and trusted in delivering the dividends of democracy.
It was noted that Prince Abubakar Audu sold the family well to the world. The family therefore cannot afford to have anything less than what Prince Abubakar Audu planted.
Muhammed, it is believed, is the perfect scion of Abubakar Audu that has the clout and weight that are capable of ensuring a successful political contest. His political acumen, unifying, all-embracing and humble spirits are also considered as a ground that birthed the family’s support.
The family called on everyone to discountenance any rumour emanating from persons, clubs, parties and social groups, stating that there is division in Audu’s family.
“There is no division of any kind; the family has made its stand clear on the candidate it is presenting to the world.”