By Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
Against the backdrop of playing ethic sentiment ahead of November 16th, 2019 governorship election in Kogi State, the coalition of umbrella Development Associations have called on the people of the state to discourage those using ethnic sentiment to score political points.
Speaking at a press conference at NUJ Press Centre in Lokoja on Monday, stated that the need for unity and peace of all component parts of the state is very sacrosanct.
The National Presidents of Ebira Peoples Association EPA, Mr. Adeiza Abdulrahman , Igala Cultural Association ICDA, Mr. Abubarka Sodiq and Okun Development Association ODA,Mr. Femi Mokikan jointly addressed the newsmen in Lokoja, stated that there was need to bridges across the geographical divides of the state , using the instrumentality of associations.
The Coalition believed that this move is critical to promoting peace , unity and understanding without which development will remain a mirage.
The added that the initiative of the leader of EPA, ICDA and ODA crystalized into Coalition of umbrella development associations which has been aptly named Kogi Coalition of Umbrella Development Associations KOCUDA which intended to accommodate all other similar development associations in the state.
The Objective of KOCUDA is a complement the efforts of the state government and other bodies in the state in consolidating on the gains so far recorded in promoting peace, unity and understanding across the geographical divides of the state. They become more imperative if bear in mind that these associations”, they posited.