A former military administrator of Oyo and old Ondo states, Ahmed Usman, Wednesday declared his intention to contest the next governorship election in Kogi State on the platform of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).
Addressing supporters at his hometown, Okura Olafiya in Kogi East senatorial district, the retired Army colonel said his decision was informed by the current sufferings of the people of the state arising from bad leadership.
According a report by Daily Sun newspaper, Mr Usman said the poor state of infrastructure and squalor in the state, that if left unabated would jeopardise the future of the people as well as their children yet unborn.
The APC chieftain said he decided to contest to to “save the people of the state from this agony and squalor”, adding that he could not fold his arms and watch the people continue to suffer.
Mr Usman assured that Kogi under his leadership would witness accelerated development.
He stressed that as a former military officer of the infantry corps, he would use his wealth of experience and exposure to mobilise the people of the state for development if given the mandate, promising to run a transparent government.