Former Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris has described the Governorship candidate of Accord Party in the upcoming Governorship elections in the state, Admiral Usman Jibrin as one with the capacity to effect much-desired change.
Idris made the assertion when he received Admiral Jibrin on a courtesy visit
in continuation of his consultation with critical stakeholders and elders of the state to brief them about his aspiration.
According the former governor, the calibre of people like Admiral Jibrin Usman are needed in the governance of Kogi State at the moment, given his sterling performance and records as Chief of Naval Staff of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for which he received numerous national and international honours and awards.
He charged the people of Kogi State to distinguish between the substance and the chaff among the candidates, and elect someone with adequate education and requisite administrative and management experience to return the state to the path of development.
Earlier, Admiral Usman Jibrin, popularly called ‘Akpabana’, an allusion to one of the numerous warships he aquired for the Nigerian Navy during his time as the Naval Chief, told the former governor that his aspiration was driven by the desire to rescue Kogi State from the throes of maladministration and restore unity amongst the diverse ethnic groups.
According to him, governance goes way beyond populism and activism, especially in the state that has been utterly deprived of all the benefits of good governance.
Kogi State, he said, requires a person with maturity, adequate education and experience for the management of human and material resources which are in abundance in the state. These, according to him, are the qualities he is offering in his aspiration.
Akpabana praised the former governor for his enduring legacies of equity and unity in the state as governor, and his fatherly role and statesmanship outside the government.
Akpabana was accompanied on the visit by many prominent indigenes of the state, including Senator Dangana Ocheja, Hon Alh Hassan Omale a former house Representatives member, DIG Alh Abdulsalam Iyaji (rtd), Alh Elder Abu Fab, a former Commissioner in the state, Sir Goodman Akwu, Alh Isiaka Ibrahim Yunusa a Director NTA Abuja and Hon Hassan Abara.