Ex-NMA president to run against Dino, declares for Kogi governorship election
Former President of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and ex-commissioner in Kogi State, Dr Idris Omede, has declared his interest in running for Kogi governorship election under the umbrella of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Omede disclosed this to newsmen on Sunday in Lokoja.
He hinged his propaganda on health, agriculture and security as well as other sectors. He said they will receive attention during the flag-off of his campaign project; “Omede Idris Believe 2019 Project.”
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He has promised to give priority to education if and when elected because to him, education is most important.
He regards Kogi as a gateway to many states, having boundless resources to enable evade poverty.
According to reports, Omede was quoted saying, “People come into the state every minute. Their presence means everything we grow here will have the needed market. These are major factors that should help us to raise our internal revenue profile.
“Past governments and even the present one have relied on over-taxing petty traders to raise revenue. This strategy can only impoverish the poor.
“Our plan is to explore all the areas of possible economic development without exploiting anybody.
“Kogi is supposed to be a crops processing zone. When you process, you create jobs and generate enormous revenue through the various chains, but we have not taken full advantage of that.
“We hope to involve the Bank of Agriculture and Dangote Group to achieve this laudable plan. We are already making our contacts,” he said.
Omede said that his aspiration to be governor of the state was pushed by the need to close existing development gaps and add value to the foundation laid by the founding fathers of Kogi.
“We want our friends, Kogi people far and near, to give us their support and see wonders in the area of good governance that will ensure transformation from rags to riches,” Omede said.