From James Joseph, Lokoja
As preparation towards the November 21 governorship election gathers momentum in Kogi State, a gubernatorial aspirant, Engineer Olusola George Olumoroti, has said that it was sad to note that despite its enormous natural and human resources, the state ranked 34th poorest state in the country in a recent World Bank rating.
Olumoroti disclosed this on Thursday while collecting his nomination and intent form at the All Progressive Congress (APC) party headquarters in Abuja.
In an interview with journalists in Lokoja, the APC aspirant said he joined the race to rule Kogi out of the need to inject fresh ideas that can move the state forward.
Stressing that unbridled desire for greed and corruption had infested the crop of leaders that had been ruling the state, Olumoroti said the time has come for total change in the state.
He posited that he remained the only aspirant who can truly build the bridge between the old and young generations, adding that he has contributed immensely in the last 15 years to the eradication of poverty in the state through various empowerment schemes for youths and women, including widows.
His words: “We are tired of the old order. Kogi must emulate Lagos State in the area of development, and it is young, vibrant and energetic young men full of ideas like us that can bring the needed change.
“By the grace of God, if given the chance , I promise within one year to jump-start the state from its current socio-economic doldrums to a virile and vibrant state which everybody will be proud of.”