Former Kogi State Governor, Captain Idris Wada, welcomed the All Progressives Congress Party candidate for the 2023 Kogi gubernatorial election, Hon Ododo Ahmed Usman, to his residence in Abuja on Wednesday. Captain Wada, who served as governor from 2011 to 2015, offered prayers for Ododo’s success in the upcoming November polls, noting that his interest was for a peaceful and progressive Kogi State.
During the prayers, Captain Wada reminded Ododo that it is ultimately God who grants power to whomever He wishes. Captain Wada while congratulating Ododo for winning the primary election to emerge APC flag bearer also stressed the importance of peaceful elections, stating that such an environment is necessary for peace and development. He assured the APC candidate of prayers and support ahead of the November polls in the state.
Earlier, Ododo Ahmed Usman thanked Captain Wada for his warm reception and hospitality. He sought the former governor’s blessings, prayers, and wise counsel ahead of the November elections, recognizing the importance of the continuity of government. Ododo acknowledged the contributions of past governors and promised to continue the legacy of equity, fairness, and justice in the diverse state. He called on Captain Wada, who he described as a man of exceptional humility and fear of God, to not only endorse his candidacy but also mobilize his supporters and political associates for his victory at the general elections. Ododo who was accompanied by the Commissioner for Energy and Rural Development, Hon Abdulmutalib Mohammed assured the former governor that he will build on the achievements of the current administration of Yahaya Bello when elected.
On April 14, 2023, the Kogi State APC Primary Election Committee announced Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo as the winner of the Kogi APC Governorship Primary Election, having polled 78,704 votes to defeat other contestants in the race. Since then, the APC gubernatorial flag bearer has been meeting critical stakeholders across party, ethnic and religious lines within and outside the state with accelerated acceptance and endorsement by the people.