Kogi guber: Former Deputy Governor, Awoniyi joins APC

Former Deputy Governor of Kogi Yomi Awoniyi on Tuesday officially joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the Nov. 11 Governorship Election in the state.

Awoniyi, who recently declared his defection from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), was officially received into the APC at the party’s national headquarters in Abuja, a statement issued in Lokoja on Tuesday by Bello’s Media Aide, Mr Onogwu Mohammed, read.

The new entrant said that he was attracted into APC following his admiration for Gov. Yahaya Bello’s exemplary leadership, commitment to inclusivity, unity of purpose and governance.

The former PDP chieftain acknowledged the complexities and challenges of the state politics and commended Bello for exceeding expectations.

He said: “I served as the Deputy Governor of Kogi State between 2011 and 2015. I know the state very well, and I can tell you that the current governor has done exceptionally well in terms of leadership and good governance.

“Bello’s humility is unmatched and his ability to unite the people is remarkable.

“These qualities are some of the reasons I decided to join the APC and offer my support to him and the incoming administration.”

Bello, while welcoming Awoniyi, whom he described as a “big fish”, said his decision to join the APC was significant.

“Today, Awoniyi’s move is a clear demonstration of the people’s satisfaction with my achievements and their willingness to support my leadership for the state’s success.

“I am pleased to welcome the former Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Arc. Abayomi Awoniyi, into our party today.

“Awoniyi is a prominent figure, who has just joined a significant movement. I am delighted with his decision to join our party, and I can assure you that the APC will do more for the people of our state,” the governor stated.

Also speaking, the APC National Chairman, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, commended Awoniyi’s decision to join the party.

Ganduje expressed gladness over the influx of defectors from opposition parties to the APC in Kogi.

“This progress happening under Yahaya Bello’s leadership is an evidence of the governor’s achievements and his ability to unite people for societal progress.

“I’m assuring you, Awoniyi and other new entrants as well as those planning to join the APC that they will be given equal opportunities within our party,” Ganduje assured.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Awoniyi had on Thursday, officially announced his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

His defection was contained in a letter, entitled “Letter of resignation from the Peoples Democratic Party”, made available to newsmen in Lokoja.

Awoniyi, who served as deputy to former Gov. Idris Wada had conveyed his resignation in a letter dated Aug. 31, and addressed to the PDP chairman of Mopamuro Local Government Area of Kogi.

The letter partly read: “I hereby write to tender my letter of resignation from the Peoples Democratic Party after 25 unbroken years of loyal and dedicated membership and service.

“With this resignation letter, I cease to be a member of the PDP,” he declared. (NAN)