Kogi: Minister lauds Onoja’s emergence as deputy gov 

The Minister of State, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Dr (Mrs.) Tijjani Aliyu, on Sunday, hailed the emergence of Chief Edward Onoja, as Deputy Governor of Kogi state, following the impeachment of Honourable Simon Achuba by the State Assembly.

Dr Aliyu, according to a statement by her Special Assistant, Media, Mr Austine Elemue, and made available to newsmen in Abuja, described the choice of Onoja, as a perfect political combination for the state and the ruling All Progressives Party (APC) in the November 16 governorship election.

She also described the relationship between Governor Yahaya Bello and Onoja, as trustworthy and cordial, noting that their relationship predates the emergence of Bello in 2016.

“Onoja has been an ally of the governor for long as their relationship goes way back. A friend is someone difficult to find. A friend is someone you can always count on when times are tough.

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“A good friend is there when you are struggling. When your heart is broken a good friend walks you through it and offers a shoulder to cry on. A friend understands that you may not always get along, but you should always try and be there for them and look out for them.

“Onoja is kind, trustworthy, loyal and dependable. A good friend must be kind because being kind is when they look out for you no matter what! And that has played out in Kogi politics.”

It would be recalled that a seven-member Judicial Panel of Enquiry was set up by the State Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajanah, on August 26 to investigate the allegations of gross misconduct levelled against the erstwhile Deputy Governor, Honourable Achuba.

Chairman of the panel, Barrister John Baiyeshea, submitted the report to the Speaker, Prince Matthew Kolawole, at plenary which led to the impeachment of the former Deputy Governor. Chief Onoja, was sworn in on Saturday as the new Deputy Governor of the state.

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