Youths from Kogi west senatorial district have declared their supports for a retired state director of the State Security Service (SSS), Dr Toyin Akanle, as the replacement for Senator Dino Melaye in the upper chamber of the National Assembly come 2019.
Youth organisations from the senatorial district under the aegis of Kogi West Youths at newsmen conference in Lokoja on Monday said it was the turn of Yagba federal constituency, where Akanle hailed from to produce the next senator.
The Coordinator of the group, Ogbeni Babatunde Teidi, said the people of the area had resolved to support Akanle to give the district good representation.
"We the Kogi West Youths have not just decided to come out with one voice in favour of Akanle, we have decided to harmonize our voices in the interest of the constituents of Kogi West senatorial districts. We are well convinced that Akanle is indeed a priority to us all as he holds us to be important as well to him.
"Our coalition have decided and we have spoken what we desire; Akanle is the endorsed candidate of our choice.He has helped in various capacities to the extent of training people that have rose to the post of associates professors and deans in some polytechnics in this country.
The group noted that the former security chief had initiated many programmes that the people of the senatorial district had benefitted from, adding that he had been helping the widows in his community for over 20 years.
According to him, it would be fair deal and in the interest of justice for the Yagba federal constituency to produce representatives at the National Assembly in the next political dispensation.
"We have forgiven those who have contributed in truncating our much cherished rotational arrangement and advise we begin to correct this anomaly. We there fore call on the other senatorial aspirants across the parties to set aside their ambitions and team up with Dr Toyin Akanle for the over all development of Kogi west", he said.