BVAS is a technological device used to identify and accredit voters’ fingerprints and facial recognition before voting — while the IReV is an online portal where polling unit-level results are uploaded directly from the polling unit, transmitted, and published for the public. At the front end of the online portal, members of the public can create personal accounts with which they can gain access to all uploaded results stored as PDF files.
This accessibility of polling unit-level results increases transparency and public trust in the process. BVAS and IReV will enhance the transparency of election results and boost public confidence in electoral outcomes in 2023.
INEC plans to deliver electoral justice in 2023 by conducting free and fair elections.
The new electoral act has made it practically impossible to rig elections. If you are not popular, you will lose. Not even INEC can help. And only a popular candidate with a good track record stands a chance to win an election come 2023. BVAS is the master stroke.
On this background, the urgent task before Kogi State All Progressives Congress – APC will be the search for the right governorship candidate.
Candidate selection is the process by which political parties decide who will be on the ballot paper as their recommended candidate. How they make, that choice is mainly determined by their own internal rules and procedures.
Kogi people need a governor who will break barriers, open doors for others, and work daily to serve the good people of Kogi State. We desperately need a governor who can initiate movement, consequential movement at the barest minimum; Kogi state needs a sober, self-aware, cosmopolitan person who is sensitive to the poverty ravaging our land. An active, someone who commands presence and is ready to tackle the onerous responsibility of government.
The only way to make this happen is to fight for a popular choice. And that starts by putting our best forward for the top office come November 11, 2023.
As time goes on, I can tell you for a fact that as the position of Governor becomes vacant in Kogi state come 2023, Alhaji Yakubu Murtala Ajaka will, by the grace of God, run for the position of governorship in Kogi state. He is our Best and stands tall among others. Murtala Ajaka is a core party man who has always put his party first, the All Progressives Congress APC.
If we want a party man that knows the ideals and philosophy behind APC, it is Murtala Ajaka.
If we want a candidate widely accepted throughout Kogi East, West, and Central, it is Murtala Ajaka. He has been a bridge builder, a dependable ally, a true progressive, a competent administrator, and a party man to the core.
Suppose we want to build on Alhaji Yahaya Bello and the APC’s progress so far. In that case, we are going to need Yakubu Murtala Ajaka. He is not coming to enrich himself or his family members.
On various occasions, Murtala Ajaka has acknowledged what the Almighty God has done for him. His story has been the product of grace.
Murtala Ajaka is in this race because of the increasing joblessness and hopelessness he has seen among Kogites. He has joined the political terrain of Kogi state because, for him, it is simply the best way to better the lot of his people. The way to transform society largely depends on the actions and decisions of those who occupy public offices.
Murtala Ajaka is in this race because ideas matter. Ideas rule the world. Ajaka is a thinker and a doer combined. His strategic and critical thinking makes him much more advanced than others. If you can’t think, you can’t do it. If you can’t conceptualise it, you can’t execute it. No ” practical ” can work without a sound theory or concept. Every society that makes progress is led by political leaders who have and are comfortable with ideas and intellect.
The quality of a true leader is the ability to see the unique good point in every human being, and this is what Ajaka represents. This quality contributed to his success as a Personal Assistant to Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State.
I believe Murtala Ajaka will consolidate and sustain the legacies Alhaji Yahaya Bello will leave behind and make Kogi great again. Murtala Ajaka will be what Babatunde Raji Fashola and Professor Babagana Umara Zulum are to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Kashim Shettima. All of Governor Bello’s accomplishments will be consolidated. We only need to support him and get him elected as Governor.
Murtala Ajaka is coming to do the right things at the right time. Kogi is going to be greater! The people at the grassroots see Murtala Ajaka as the right man who is coming at the right time.
In the words of Rebbe Nachman, when you stir up garbage, you raise a stink. When you rub spices in your hands, you raise a beautiful fragrance. A good leader stirs the good in people and brings out their fragrance. Ajaka is the right man for the seat of Kogi state governor.
He is diligent, courageous, energetic, and full of wisdom to positively change Kogi State. He is the hope for Kogi State.
Adams Yusuf writes from Abuja and can be reached at [email protected]