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Mustapha Mona Audu, the 37-year-old son of a former governor in Kogi, late Abubakar Audu, has declared his intention slug it out with Yahaya Bello, the current leader of the state in the battle for the Luggard House in 2020.

TN understands that Mustapha Audu is the sixth son of late Abubakar Audu who governed the state from January 1992 to November 1993 and from May 29, 1999 to May 29, 2003.
An attempt to return as governor in 2016 did not yield positive result as Abubakar Audu died after casting his vote and just before the full election result would be announced. Yahaya Bello later emerged.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday, January 2, Mustapha Audu said he is touched by the suffering of the people of the state, especially under the current administration.
According to him, there is nothing to really point at in Kogi state under Governor Bello. He lamented that civil servants were suffering and also condemned the total neglect of infrastructure and education.
Nigerian Tribune reports that the governorship hopeful promised to put an end to the suffering in the land.
“I choose to get into the arena…because instead of watching Kogi drift along towards tragedy, we the people, you the grassroots, through my campaign and my administration will recapture our state and reset our course towards prosperity.
“The era of selfish interests is over. The era of corrupt leadership is over. The era of money politics and sweetheart deals and inflated contracts and nepotism and cronyism is over.
“It is time to focus on people politics and Common sense leadership. I am putting myself forward as your servant. I am running as Mustapha Mona, not as a representative of any political family, but as faithful servant.
When asked if he had all it takes to challenge for the top seat in the state, the 37-year-old graduate of University of Glasgow, said he was “qualified to lead this state because I believe in the decency of the Kogi people,” he said while adding that he was yet to pick any political party.
Legit.ng earlier reported that some lawmakers in the Kogi state National Assembly recently cried out over their inability to visit their constituencies due to alleged intimidation by Governor Yahaya Bello.
Not less than eight of the twelve federal lawmakers in a joint press statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, July 31, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to caution the governor in the interest of the state and the country’s democracy.

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