A former governor of the state, Abubakar Audu, on Monday picked his nomination form for theKogi State governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress.
Audu, who addressed journalists after obtaining the party’s nomination form, was accompanied to the party’s national secretariat by a large number of his loyalists.
Also on his entourage to the secretariat was the immediate past governor of Kano State and incumbent Senator representing Kano Central in the Senate, Rabiu Kwankwaso.
Audu, who said he was in the governorship race “to take the state out of the woods,” described others in the race for the party’s ticket as “young school leavers who do not have the experience to rescue the state from its current sick condition.”
The former governor who said he came under intense pressure to run for the governorship position, said on two different occasions in Lokoja, he had to succumb to the wishes of a large number of youths who waylaid him on the highway and asked him to declare his intention to run.
He said to demonstrated their seriousness, his supporters who were calling on him to run for the governorship position contributed N5.5m to him to purchase the nomination form.
“The baby is sick. Nothing is happening in the state other than poverty staring everybody in the face,” he said.
He said having been governor of the state between 1992 and 1993 and again between 1999 and 2003, the state was his child, adding that he could not afford to fold his arms and allow the state’s condition to deteriorate.
Another aspirant, who was also at the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja to pick the APC nomination form was a former Commissioner of Health in the state, Baba Alli.