Power shift can cost APC’s victory in Kogi election – Ocholi

One of the the leading aspirants in the Kogi State gubernatorial elections has allayed fears that the agitation for power shift might cost his party, the All Progressives Congress ( APC) victory in the coming gubernatorial polls saying those advocating for power shift are playing the cards of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) in the state.
Ocholi, while submitting his expression of interest and nomination forms at the party secretariat on Monday stated that any indigene of the state has the right to be given the mandate adding that proponents of power shift were playing into the hands of the Peoples Democratic Party.
“I respect the fact every indigene of the state even an individual who had lived in Kogi for so long deserve to vie for any position in State, a situation where any side in marginalised is unacceptable to me and if I have the privilege, I’ll ensure that the best hands get to provide leadership for the state.
” one factor that I’m worried about is that those who are agitating for power shift are mainly in APC, I have no heard PDP agitating for power shift, it is obvious that they (PDP) are going to field the incumbent governor and his deputy for the next election, if that happens, the proponents of power shift in APC are playing a card for PDP.
How you shift power when you don’t have power? We are not of in charge of the state yet so if we take this push (for power shift) to an unbearable level, then it means that we are jeopadizing and taking a big risk of APC winning the election.
“I hope the proponents will weigh the indices and compare the cost implications. This game is about winning and I believe our leaders are in better position to handle this matter.
Responding to question on whether I sees religion playing a big factor in the election, Ocholi said
“Kogi East Senatorial District where I hail from doesn’t play religious  politics and it (religion) doesn’t play a role in who becomes the next governor.
“I cannot speak for the other senatorial district if religion plays a role but I think in order to strike a balance, when ever you have a muslim governor from one side, you’re expected to pick a Christian running mate from the other side.
“In this coming election, what will determine the winner is not religion, the Kogites that I know and I have interacted with are eager not to repeat the mistake of the past”. He concluded.


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