Stakeholders from Kogi state are intensifying their lobby to get their candidates selected in order to fill the vacant created after the death of Barr James Ocholi. At least five names are being pushed for the vacant ministerial slot State. They are Senator Alex Khadiri and Senator Mohammed Dangana from Kogi East, Senator Mohammed Ohiare from Kogi Central, Hon. Clarence Olorunfemi and Chief Gbenga Ashagun from Kogi West.
Sources in the Presidency revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari may name a replacement for Ocholi next month. Pushing the case of each of the personalities are party leaders and people thought to have the ears of the Presidency.
Recall that weeks ago, some elders of the party requested the President to make the replacement with a candidate from same constituency as the late Ocholi. Many party chieftains believe loyalty to the party should be key in picking the ministerial nominee.
However, a source familiar with the development said:”Unfortunately for the proponents of party loyalty, the President does not see political appointment as payback cheque for party loyalty.