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Charismatic Banjo Amoto Moses (BAM) makes bold entry into Kogi guber race, seeks PDP ticket

By Godwin Itopa on 29/08/2015

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On first contact, you cannot but notice the infectious the charisma that Banjo Amoto Moses (BAM) exudes. The charming seven-footer has infectious, his carriage arresting. The corporately dressed young man in his early forties equally exudes courage and value. He is a man of big dreams and given to details, with a burning desire to change the story of Kogi State for the better.

Amoto, as called in his native name Ebira, is from Okene Local Government Area of Kogi State. He is an unadulterated entrant into the politics of Kogi State aspiring to be the standard flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the November 2015 gubernatorial election in the state.

BAM has disclosed that his entry into the race is divine as he has struck a covenant with GOD for a divine project where GOD himself will be the anchor Man. It is therefore easily explicable the followership that has keyed into the project which he calls a project which he calls a project for all well-meaning, progressive-minded Kogites.

A newbreed politician, BAM was a known activist in his school days at the University of Abuja where he graduated as a double major in Chemistry and Computer Education. With such academic background, it was not difficult for a desiring mind to work out the chemistry of a workable Kogi State in a computer age. This he has taken time to do against the backdrop of available resources at the disposal of the state which he has espoused at every opportunity. His target audience is every Kogite that means well for the state and particularly the young generation who bears the brunt of the maladministration of the past that has left in its wake, high level of unemployment, deprivation and despondency.

Why BAM entering the race rather late? In his response, BAM said it was not how long but how well articulated and organised and that he parades a team of dedicated young men and women determined to influence their generation to take their fate in their hands by being their own mobilisers. This writer learnt that activists have designed a well thought-out programme that will reach every home in the state and particularly targeting those who are going to be delegated to the PDP primaries come September 10.

In the one hour of engagement with BAM, our guest, the PDP guber aspirant took time to espouse the vision to salvage his generation and by extension the people of Kogi State from the present squalor, deprivation and degradation. He launched into a historical excursion into the vision for the creation of state and wondered if that vision has been realised. According to him, it is clear from his meetings one-on-one with the elders that the vision for the creation of Kogi State has been dashed. It therefore needs a visionary young man like him to bring it back on course and which and which is why he is offering himself to rebuild and recreate the Kogi State of the people’s collective dream.

BAM finds solace in the fact the Old Kwara Province remains the bedrock of the old Northern Region and cannot be said to be deficit in human resources to galvanise the abundant natural resources that are largely untapped in the present Kogi State. He promised to tap this God-given human and natural resources to create the needed environment for entrepreneurial growth and industrial development of the state.

On why Kogi has been slow in development, Amoto feels ethnic sentiments and misapplication of resources have been the bane. He decried a situation where the Government fails to think outside the box to develop the unique potentials of the state such that the different tourist sites and monuments are upgraded to be revenue yielding. He condemned the habit of going cap-in-hand to Abuja month-in month-out for federal allocation that is dwindling, which has left the state presently prostrate thus impacting negatively on the education and health of the people. It needs a selfless detribalised and development oriented personality like him to fix. He says he will redirect the affairs of the state out of the woods on the path of sustainable development as he has crafted an economic blueprint that is unbeatable.

Amoto leaves no one in doubt that he is intellectually equipped with what it takes to take Kogi State to another level. How much will the teaming Kogites appreciated this young activist that represent a generational change in the race for the Lugard House remain to be seen in the days leading to the PDP primaries.

Egged on by a team of young, vibrant and mobile activists, Amoto comes across as an aspirant who is focused and well prepared to take Kogi State to an incredible crucible of development where all Kogites shall be proud to belong.             

•Godwin Itopa is of the Kogi Youth League for More Meaningful Democracy.

Source News Express

Posted 29/08/2015 3:35:09 PM


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