As the 2023 general elections inches closer, the Bliss Foundation has called on professor Stephen Ikani Ocheni to take a shot at the forthcoming kogi state Governorship election.
The Bliss Foundation made the call on Wednesday at a press conference held at the NUJ Press Centre Lokoja, to appeal to Prof. Stephen Ikani Ocheni, the Omachi Attah Igala to contest the 2023 Kogi State governorship election.
Addressing the Press, Enejo Kennie Enejo PhD, said, the ex- Minister possessed the needed capacity and experience to take the State to the desired destination.
He pointed out that the antecedents of professor Ocheni which cut across public service and academic has shown that he has the capacity to govern the State.
The group described Prof. Ocheni as one with impeccable record, requisite experience knowledge and robust public service records which will enable him to fastract even development of the State, if elected as governor in 2023.
The Bliss foundation is notable for creation of awareness on public discourse, promotion of good governance and support for the vulnerable groups in the society.
The group said it has become incumbent on the foundation to drag Prof. Ocheni to join the race for Kogi Governorship because of his enormous extra ordinary intellectual and leadership qualities .
He said as a group which is commited to the enthrencement of good governance, has to beam her searchlight on potential aspirants and came to a conclusion, based on wealth of experience, to appeal to the former minister to throw his weight into the ring to bring transformation to the state.
According to Enejo ” The governorship election is longer an all comers affairs, but an intellectual enterprise.It is for those who are innovative and creative ideas. I urge the former Minister to harken to the voice of the people at the grassroots to heed the clarion call”
Professor Ocheni hails from Uwowo village in Igalamela/Odolu Local Government Area of Kogi State, an immediate past Minister of state for labour and Employment.
Professor Ocheni holds ND/ HND , MBA and PHD in Financial Management and has taught at Kogi state University Anyigba, now Prince Abubakar Audu University, and a retired Director with Federal Civil Service.