It is election season in Kogi state and politicians are doing everything within their means to get support from all stakeholders.
Appointees of Governor Yahaya Bello’s government and other All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftains of Igala extraction have presented a Rolls Royce Phantom to the Attah Igala, Dr Michael Ameh-Oboni II.
Igala is the largest ethnic group in Kogi state and represents about 45% of voters in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
The gift to the well-respected monarch is seen as a strategy to court his support as the APC goes into the election.
The government appointees were led by the deputy governor of the state, Chief Edward Onoja , Senator Jibrin Isah Echocho who the two most senior politicians from Kogi East senatorial district of the state where the Igalas occupy.
Other members of the delegation are APC members of the national and the state assembly, commissioners and special advisers from the senatorial district, New Telegraph reports.
Speaking at the presentation, Onoja said, “HRM Attah Igala as king of the 9th largest ethnic nationality in Nigeria is the face of the Igala nation and his appearance must show class, royalty, and purity.
“We give thanks to Governor Yahaya Bello who lifted a lot of progressive-minded and passionate leaders in just a few years.”
On his part, Senator Isah said: “A new Igala land has emerged. This is the same way we jointly built the Igala Unity House under the able leadership of His Excellency, Chief Edward Onoja and we are set to complete two guest houses at Ayingba- Dekina and Ankpa for the exclusive use of our royal father the Attah Igala. We are not Billionaires but united lovers of their kingdom.”
Meanwhile, ahead of the election, the political structure of the late Prince Abubakar Audu and Honourable James Faleke have been collapsed into that of Governor Bello.
The Audu/Faleke group is one of the formidable political groups in Kogi state.