Hon Isaiah ugbede salifu,is a Nigerian politician and the governorship aspirant on the actions alliance in the 2019 election in Kogi state. He hails from ujodo and ikanekpo, of emekutu district of ankpa LGA in kogi state
Hon Isaiah ugbede salifu sat down with kcitytv for an exclusive interview and this is what he had to say.
*. Introduce yourself to our readers?
My name is Isaiah ugbede salifu, a governorship aspirant on actions alliance in the 2019 election in kogi state. Am from ujodo and ikanekpo, of emekutu district of ankpa LGA in kogi state
*. You have been very active politically, how and when did you start?
I joined the politics of kogi state in 2003 and has been fully in void but, was not given recognition so, I decided to joined a part AA Actions Alliances in the last election and contest for governor.
* What was the name of your first political party?
The name of my first political party is Acn which is now APC but later left to AA for lack of recognition.
*. Who is your role model?
My role model is late but, has contributed so much in kogi state politics and to the development of kogi state. His name is Prince Abubakar Audu.
*. What would you say set you apart from other politician?
I am different from all other politicians because, my number and house are free to every individuals from my state. During campaign, I trek from street to streets sharing posters and even trek and used bikes for campaign, which other politicians can not do. I am the youngest aspirant in the just conducted governorship election of kogi state.
*. What are the challenges of Kogi state politics presently ?
Our present day challenges in kogi state politics is
_ lack of understanding of the needs of the public
_kogi state believe in buying votes rather than the choice of the people
_ we also believe in thuggery were they snatch ballot boxes and forcing individuals to vote against the candidate of there choice.
*. What measures have you put in place to overcome the challenges you are going through.?
I have started visiting part leaders on how to hold meets with inec at least twice in a year
I have also started seeing some politicians from my state to unite and hold meets at least once in a year because, it is only together that we can over come the political challenge of this nation.
*. What your favorite moment as a politics ?
My favorite moment in politics will be seeing the people of my state happily carrying out there civil rights during election and been voted in, as governor in the next political year 2023.
* .Are you families backing your political career?
Yes my family, community, district, LGA and state are backing me up because, they believe that a honest man like me can take my state, kogi state to a better next level
*. What motivated you to run for the office of the governor of Kogi state
I am motivated to run the post of the governor of kogi state, to free my people from the suffering of none payment of salary to civil servant for months and none infrastructural development in my state. I want to bring back smile to my state.
*. Where did you vision yourself in 5 year time?
I vision my self as a governor of kogi state by the grace of God
* .Apart from politics what are you into?
By the grace of God, I Am in to buying and selling of food items, from one state to another also working with a leading bank in Nigeria.
*. How have u been able to combine politics and work?
Yes, it is very stressful but, God is helping me.Though I don’t do it all alone. I have people assisting in all the states.
* . Are you planning to run for any political post soon?
Yes, hopefully planning to contest as governor of kogi state come 2023
*. Do you hope to quit politics anytime soon?
No, I don’t plan to quit politics because it is in my interest to recontest as a governor of kogi state in the forth coming kogi state election by God’s grace.
*. What advice do you have for young upcoming politicians ?
To have value for human lives other than winning at all cost.
* . As a politician, if you became the governor of kogi state, how are you going to solve the problem of insecurities and poverty ravaging the state
I will create job opportunity for the youth. I think that is the best solution to the problem of insecurity and poverty in this state.
Thank you all.