Kogi state is a state in the North Central region of Nigeria, and the first administrative capital of modern day Nigeria. The confluence state, as it is popularly called was created on 27th August 1991 from portions of eastern Kwara and western Benue states. From 1999 till date, the state has been governed by Abubakar Audu, Ibrahim Idris, Clarence Olafemi, Idris Wada, and Yahaya Adoza Bello, who is the incumbent.
In November 2015, Alh. Yahaya Adoza Bello was declared winner of the 2015 gubernatorial election after he was chosen by the All Progressives Congress (APC), as replacement for the late Abubakar Audu who originally won the election but died before the result was declared. The youthful Alh. Yahaya Bello’s emergence as the Kogi state Governor has triggered series of political discourse and development among the citizens within and outside the state.
Four years down the line, the state is ready to either re-elect or elect a new Governor for the next political dispensation in the state. In view of this, the Kogi EPL Summit, will provide a platform for leading aspirants and the electorates to discuss development and political leadership-related issues on the front burner of the state, among others. Besides, the aspirants would also harness the platform to engage the electorates on the strategies and the manifestos they would deploy to solve the lingering challenges in the state.
This is in furtherance of our vision to work with the citizens in making good choices that will place the state on the threshold of quality human and societal development. Just like previous EPL Summit, this will also host private and public sector stakeholders, public influencers, experts, socio-political group heads, etc.
WHY THE SUMMIT?
The Emerging Political and Economic Leaders’ Summit is a national summit with a vision to build a society that delivers the needs of the citizens and redefine governance through various potent approaches. The previous editions of the EPL Summit gave host to political leaders, technocrats, thought leaders, etc from different sectors.
The need for the Kogi edition of the EPL Summit became imperative in pursuit of our mandate to initiate potent interactive platforms for citizens, political leaders, candidates, etc. to discuss political standards, development, people-oriented manifestos, and performance in governance, as the Governorship election in the state approaches.
Besides, the EPL Summit, Kogi edition would facilitate legal reforms and development roadmap in all sectors of the state. Additionally, the summit would be a platform for aspirants to intimate the citizens of their agenda and capacities, as the electorates assess them and make resolves.
1. INTERRACTION GAP
Bridge the interaction gap between political leaders and the electorates.
2. HELP ELECTORATE
Help the electorates communicate their needs to the aspirants.
3. HUMAN CAPITAL
Help aspirants see the proven benefits of solid human capital development to the society.
4. EXPRESSION PLATFORM
Facilitate an expression platform for the aspirants and the electorates.
5. SECTOR DEVELOPMENT
Task the aspirants (from which the Governor will emerge) on development of all sectors.
Ensure the delivery of people-centered governance.