The news had trended for a long time in the state that governor Idris Wada would not get the support of the critical section of stakeholders to secure a second term. But all that seem to be going up in smoke as more and more groups and associations have been fallen over themselves to give more than the required support for Wada’s second term bid.
So the wide spread publication that there is no automatic ticket for Governor Idris Wada has taken another dimension as the Elders/Advisory Council of the Kogi state People’s Democratic Party (PDP) which forms the critical stakeholders of the party has last Sunday unanimously resolved to endorse him for second term. Shortly after, the other party stakeholders from Central Senatorial district of the confluence state endorsed the governor for a second term.
The Chairman of the Kogi PDP Advisory Council and the immediate past Governor of Kogi state, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris disclosed this to journalists shortly after its meeting in Lokoja last Sunday. Briefing journalists on the resolutions of the council, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris said that the incumbent Governor, Capt. Idris Wada has done very well in his first tenure as the governor of the state adding that they have all resolved to give him the ticket for second term.
The former governor also told journalists that Capt. Idris Wada would be given total support to win the November 21, 2015 governorship election, which is around the corner, adding that concerted efforts would be made to retain Kogi state as PDP state. He also disclosed the resolve of the Kogi PDP Advisory Council to ensure that power must shift from Eastern Axis to either West or Central Zone immediately after the second term of Governor Wada, stressing that machinery will be put in place for power rotation by 2019 as a committee will be set up for the actualization of the project.
Answering question on the possibility of actualizing the power rotation project without in touch with other political parties that would make a balance of a larger stakeholders in taking decision, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris expressed his assurance that any responsible citizen or political party who have the interest of the state at heart will be in agreement with power rotation so as to carry everybody along irrespective of tribal, political and religious differences.
Alhaji Ibrahim Idris however, lauded the developmental efforts of Governor Wada and expressed optimism that if re- elected for second term he will record more achievements for the people of the state. He gave the assurance that the party will come out victorious and stronger in the November, 2015 governorship election in the state stressing that the party has learnt its lesson from the party’s low performance in the last general election.
The former governor noted that with the credible performance of the party in the state House of Assembly elections, there is every hope for the party to maintain its leadership position in the state. He called on the members of the PDP elders advisory council to re-double their efforts towards victory, saying that with the calibre of people who constitute the council , the party has nothing to fear. “We have learnt our lessons from the presidential and national assembly elections.
Our outing in the state House of Assembly elections showed that we can make the difference with determination” “With the calibre of people I am seeing here we have nothing to fear. With hard work we are Gov Poll: Kogi Stakeholders Drum Support For Wada sure of retaining our leadership position in the state” “Our party has done very well in terms of infrastructural development.
We have what it takes to campaign. We are a party to beat in the next election” he maintained Also speaking during the meeting the leaders from central, west and east senatorial districts, assured that the party has the needed structure on ground to win the governorship election. Those present in the meeting include the former Deputy Governor of Kogi state, Chief Patrick Adaba, Gen. (rtd) Salihu Ibrahim, Prince Olusola Akanmode, former Secretary to Kogi state Governor, Alhaji Musa Amadu, Mr. Timothy Omara, Ambassador Usman Bello. Other present are Commissioners, members of the State Assembly former Local Government Chairmen and host of others.
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders forum, Central Senatorial district of Kogi state have endorsed Captain Idris Wada for second term in office. The stakeholders also urged the governor to declare his support for the idea and actualization of power rotation in 2019 to either central or western part of the state. In a resolution moved by Engineer Suleiman Aliyu which was seconded by General Salihu Ibrahim (rtd) after an amendment by Chief Moses Ado Okino in Okene on Sunday, the forum averred that Captain Wada deserved another tenure of office to enable him consolidate on his achievements in maintenance of peace, rural development and provision of basic social amenities to the people of the state.
The Chairman of the forum Chief Patrick Adaba said the issue of power rotation requires the fusion of the central and western people of the state through consultation, assuring that the idea would be actualize in 2019. According to him “ we have been agitating for power rotation among the district that form the state and for us in the central and west, we need to come together to get the support of eastern part of the state to actualize the agitation. “We cannot achieve it alone.
There is need for dialogue and serious consultation the agitation is about Kogi state not a personal or individual struggle” Adaba however disclosed that Captain Idris Wada is completely disposed for the realization of the power rotation in 2019 , charging the people of central and west to pursue the idea in a peaceful manner devoid of rancour and crises.
Also speaking at the meeting, the state Chairman of PDP Engineer Sam Uhuotu charged the people agitating for power rotation to manage their desire and reality properly , saying the quest for power rotation should be beyond lip service, urging every stakeholders in the state to support idea in the interest of Kogi state. In his remark, the Senior Special Assistant 1 to the governor in charge of Okene Local Government Area, Alhaji Abubakar Yahaya Karaku caution the Ebira against the use of force to actualize the power rotation struggle. Karaku added that with patience and perseverance the power rotation can be achieved through PDP led government in the state.
As part of the four cardinal programme of Governor Idris Wada of Kogi state in capacity building, the The Workshop with the Theme: Improving Internal Audit Function For Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance will offer the participants the opportunity to delve into the critical areas of their professional callings.
Meanwhile the Accountant-General Office, Ibrahim Idakwo has described Wada as man of action. Speaking at a 5-Day Workshop organized by the Office of The Accountant General Of The State in collaboration with Joll Consultants to train Internal Auditors in the state public service to boost their productivity and efficiency on the job, he desbrided Wada as a man of high integrity and manager of resources.
The Accountant General cited the recent prestigious Hall Of Grace Merit Award bestowed on the governor in Lagos as a reward for hard work, honesty and trust which is expected of all practising accountants to embrace. As the time ticks for the governorship poll in November, these critical stakeholders may have paved the way for the governor who had been reluctant to disclose his interest, to join the race.
-Joseph Amedu, Lokoja