Though, the journey so far has been rough and tough. It is accompanied with so many hurdles/challenges, likewise full of intrigues, interesting and beautiful moments. I say a big thanks to God Almighty for how far He has brought me. Many dreaded encounters while embarking on such political journey but the Lord was with me and He did saw me through.
My deep-hearted appreciation goes to His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello, the 4th and 5th Executive Governor of Kogi State for being an enviable chivalry personality. This was so conspicuous when fate brought me his way on Thursday September 3rd, 2020. We met and His Excellency immediately brought to bear his sincere trust in the ability of people, not minding their gender. His demonstration that fateful day was not conjured neither was it acted. The sincerity of his heart and purpose was way too obvious to be doubted. This act proved further more to me that, Alh. Yahaya Bello is indeed a great-hearted man, who is unapologetically a gender equality advocate.
I appreciate you, Your Excellency for laying an indelible precedence for other Governors in the country to emulate. For not stopping at rhetorics but rather ensured/ensuring that women enjoy the 35% inclusiveness in governance, I make bold to stand at the roof top to declare you the Ambassador of Gender Equality in Africa.
Indeed, Kogi State is a pacesetter with the uncommon initiative of His Excellency Alh. Yahaya Bello – the Gender Equality Ambassador. You have set a legacy that Kogi women would always be grateful for. On behalf of other female Councillors in the State, I say thank you Your Excellency!
My sincere appreciation goes to my family for their supports both spiritually and financially. I can not thank you enough. My Mom – Mrs Charity Olu-Mosiko, thank you for filling the vacuum my late father left. I believe Prince Olu-Mosiko will be overwhelmingly happy and proud, wherever he is. May God spare your life to enjoy the fruits of your labour.
I want to appreciate my bosses and political leaders (in no particular order) for the much confidence reposed in me. I remain indebted to you – Senator Smart Adeyemi – Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District; Comdr. Jerry Omodara (Rtd) – State Security Adviser to Kogi State Government; Rt. Honourable Prince Matthew Kolawole – Speaker Kogi State House of Assembly; Hon. Abdullahi Bello – Kogi State APC Chairman; Hon. Kehinde Oloruntoba – Former Commissioner for Agriculture; Hon. Wemi Jones – Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology; Hon. Asiwaju Asiru Idris – Commissioner for Finance, Budget and Economic Planning; Hon. Nathaniel Ojo Taiwo – Former House of Assembly member; Hon. Duro Meseko – Former House of Representatives member; Hon. Kingsley Fanwo – Commissioner for Information and Communication; Hon. Oluyori Afolabi – Former House of Assembly member Ijumu; Hon. Adesayo Ismail; Hon. Adeyemi Bidemi; Hon. Seyi Bello; Hon. Kilani Olumo – House of Assembly Member Ijumu; Dr Idris Rufus Oluwafemi (IDRUFEM); Barrister Richard Tolorunshe; Hon. Moses Olorunleke – Executive Chairman Kabba/Bunu LGA and a host of others too numerous to mention. I am not unaware of your individual efforts. I respect you and promise my unalloyed loyalty.
To the Amazon Media Team, you guys are wonderful! Thank you for your commitment, perseverance, and sacrifices towards this project. The team spirit displayed was world class. Trust me, I do not and will never take you for granted. I am privileged to have the best brains in my Team. We shall continue to work and grow together on this political terrain. God bless you all!
The Towo Solidarity Movement remains the best with many very important personalities not just from Kabba/Bunu but from across all tribes/ethnicity – Yagba, Ijumu, Ebira, Igala, Edo, Yoruba, Igbo, etc. Despite our political, religious and cultural differences, we all assiduously worked for the UNIFYING PROJECT. I appreciate you all for believing in me.
To all the Kabba/Bunu Local Government APC Executives and Woman Leaders of the fifteen (15) Wards of Kabba/Bunu, I say thank you for not just seeing me as a young lady but you believed in my capabilities. Thank you for your encouragement. Hon. Olorunmosunle Elisha (Medusa) and Mrs Grace Obamoh (Overall Woman Leader), I appreciate you two for all your love and encouragement. Even when it seemed there was no hope, you stood firmly by me. May you two be rewarded bountifully.
My good people of APC Akutupa – Kiri Ward, I say thank you for accepting the decision of the party and making frantic efforts to ensure unity and love remains. Thank you for your unflinching support and commitment towards the development of the Ward.
In all these, the place of prayers was not left out. To all who stood firmly in the gap in the place of prayers, both day and night, may God answer all your silent prayers.
Sincere appreciation also goes to all members of Okun Daughters’ Forum, who amidst all the electioneering processes found me worthy to be elected as the pioneer National President. Thank you for your support. Thank you for trusting me. Thank you for stretching out your hands towards me. I promise to continue to be a good ambassador of Okun Daughters’ Forum.
UNIFYING PROJECT is a phenomenal that is indeed unifying. It binds everyone, irrespective of political affiliations. On this note, I want to appreciate Hon. TJ Yusuf, Hon. Femi Obalemo, Hon. Joash Onemayin, Hon. Rufus Omonayin, Pastor Sam Olubato, Engr. John Ibisagba, Chief Joe Elebiyo, Hon. Sunday Olorunfemi (Lagata), Otunba Kingsley Mokikan, Mr Dayo Aroniyo, Mr Gbenga Arowolo, Pastor Timi Aroniyo, Deacon Aledare, Jide and host of others, who despite not being members of our great party – APC, gave me the needed attention and encouragement when I called on them.
Our great Secretary to the State Government – Dr Mrs Folashade Arike Ayoade, my erudite Prof (Mrs) Emily Alemika (Mommy Prof), Deaconess Oluyori Afolabi, Mrs Oluwafunmike Kanjuni, Barr (Mrs) Tessy Fadile, Mrs Modupe Awoniyi, Mrs Iyabode Ojo, Dr (Mrs) Yeye Aaremo Seyi-Ayodele, Mrs Olobayotan (Mommy Okene) to mention but a few. I sincerely appreciate you for your prayers and motherly advise and for believing that gender is not a barrier. With virtuous women like you, I believe some day soon, we shall have a society where women would no longer be judged based on their gender but competence. I shall continue to make you all very proud.
The entire members of Akutupa Welfare Association (AWA), Kiri Peoples Forum, Bunu Development Association, Bunu Peoples’ Forum, Bunu Radiant Ladies, etc – I am grateful to you all.
Bunu Students’ Union (BSU) gave me the platform to begin this journey. BSU is indeed a grooming ground. Special thanks to all my Executives (2010 – 2012) and the entire members of BSU for the confidence reposed in me. I promise to be as articulate as ever.
My friends, cousins and colleague, who were there for me at all times, I appreciate you greatly.
I wish time and space would permit me to list out everyone’s name here to show my heartfelt appreciation but trust me sincerely, your names are imprinted in my heart. Your impacts would remain indelible for the rest of my years. Many more important names are not here, notwithstanding, words can not quantify how much I cherish and appreciate you all.
On My Honour
YES! The election has been won, hence, work begins in earnest for the overall growth and development of Akutupa Ward and Kabba /Bunu Local Government at large.
Being the first female Council Leader in Kabba /Bunu Local Government Council, I hope to make a landmark achievement, with the support of God and my colleagues. At the end of my tenure, the relevance of women in good governance, would have reached enviable heights.
Tell it to His Excellency, the Gender Ambassador, that he will be made glad while he looks at his choice of my person as the tenures progresses, God’s willing.
Believe me, UNIFYING PROJECT has come to stay. I take this as a golden opportunity to reach out to the grass-roots, contribute my quota to the development of Kabba/Bunu LGA.
The Need to Synergize for Development
To all my colleagues in the chamber, I count on your support so as to continue to work together as members of the same political family to achieve greatness.
Dearest colleagues, the time for a united Kabba/Bunu is here. All hands must be on deck, together with the Executive arm, in order to draw dividends of democracy, in terms of infrastructural developments to our dear local government.
We strive to set the pace for others to imitate.
Once again, I say a very big thank you to you all for the supports enjoyed and anticipated.
Thank you and God bless you all.
HON. TOWONIFINNI MOSIKO, Leader, Kabba/Bunu Local Government Council