Joseph Amedu in Lokoja reports on the growing youth support for Governor Wada’s quest for a second term in office
A Coalition of Youths for the November governorship election in Kogi State under the umbrella of the National Coalition of Ebira/Okun/Lokoja/Koton Youths for Good Governance have pledge their support for the re-election of Governor Idris Wada for a second term.
Addressing journalists in Lokoja at the weekend, the coordinator of the youth group in the western and central senatorial districts of the state, Zaccheaus Dare Michael expressed optimism that Capt. Wada will emerge victorious at the polls in view of his landmark achievements during his first tenure.
He lauded the prevailing peace and harmony in the state under the leadership of Capt. Idris Wada stressing that peaceful co-existence amongst citizens is the most viable and lasting legacy that propels any nation for accelerated development.
“We have taken our time to look at all the candidates contesting for the governorship election in terms of their antecedents, conduct in public and private as well as programmes and seen that Wada is the only sure candidate that has met all these conditions.
The leadership of the coalition has also engaged in consultations with major stakeholders like traditional rulers, labour unions, socio-cultural groups and opinion molders in all the three senatorial districts before arriving at the choice of Capt. Wada as the best candidate for the job now” he said.
The Youth leader also gave an assurance that the long term power rotation being agitated by the people of West and Central Senatorial Districts of the state will easily be realised under Governor Idris Wada in 2019.
Dare Michael expressed delight that since Wada came on board he has maintained regular payment of workers salaries.
He equally commended the foot print of Wada in the development of agriculture, health, education and road as well as women and youth empowerment amongst.
Michael said that it decided to support Wada in the Nov. 21 governorship election after “due consultations” with the stakeholders.
“The Coalition discovered that the people appreciated development in agricultural sector, women and youth empowerment programme, free health care for rural dwellers and will want all these sustained and improved upon, “ Mr Dare Michael, the Coordinator of the group, told newsmen.
In addition, he said that the governor who is seeking re- election on the platform of the PDP, had stamped out thuggery in the state and had through the accelerated rice production programme and the National Crop Processing Centre at Alape village made farming attractive to youths.
He noted that youths in the state had always been at the receiving end of the action and inaction of any government, saying there was need to protect the future of youths.
The group called on professional groups, labour unions, socio- cultural groups and artisans to vote for issues and programmes and for narrow selfish interests.
Meanwhile the incumbent governor of the state, Capt. Idris Wada seems to have won his heart felt desire to reconcil some of the aggrieved members of the party following the intrigues that greeted the party’s primaries before he finally emerged in the face of all odds.
The fruitful result in the reconciliation efforts of the governor was replicated with the commencement of his re-election campaign that saw all the critical stakeholders of PDP fully in unity at the venue of the rally canvassing for the return of Capt. Idris Wada to Lugard House.
The beginning of the zonal rally at Anyigba covering the eastern senatorial flank of the state witnessed the attendance of prominent party chieftains like the immediate past governor of Kogi state, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris, former National Chairman of PDP, Senator Ahmadu Ali, Senator Tunde Ogbeha and former Deputy Governors of Benue and Kogi state, Alhaji Sule Iyaji and Chief Patrick Adaba amongst other stalwarts.
Addressing the unprecedented crowd of party supporters, loyalists and well wishers of Capt. Idris Wada, the former National Chairman of PDP, Senator Ahmadu Ali vowed that the candidate of the party will win overwhelmingly at the governorship poll come November 21st 2015.
According Senator Ahmadu Ali “The strongest opposition candidate of the APC, Prince Abubakar Audu is no match to the ruling PDP. Audu has suffered defeat in the past three consecutive governorship election where he had always lost to the PDP. Am very optimistic that he will not survive this last minutes desperation attempt. It will certainly lead him to his political burial finally. Kogi has been a PDP state in the last thirteen years and will continue to remain so uptill tommorrow”
Also speaking at the rally, the Director General of the Capt. Idris Wada’s Campaign Organisation, Senator Tunde Ogbeha declared that there is no vacancy for Lugard House at the moment.
At the rally three distinguished party chieftains were nominated to speak on behalf of their senatorial districts, namely: the former Deputy Governor of Benue state, Alhaji Sule Iyaji for the east, former Deputy Governor of Kogi state, Chief Patrick Adaba for the central and the former Deputy Chief of Staff to the former Vice- President Atiku Abubakar, Prince Olusola Akanmode for the west.
In their seperate speeches, they affirmed that Capt. Wada has done very well in his first tenure and deserved to be re-elected to continue his good work and people oriented programmes.
They also gave an assurance that the people of the state will enjoy more dividends of democracy under Wada if given the second mandate.
According them “the power rotation project arrangement under PDP will be better achieved and actualised in 2019 under the God fearing leader like Wada.
The Kogi state governor and the PDP flagbearer, Capt. Idris Wada while addressing the mamoth crowd at the rally re-stated his resolve to consolidate on his achievements in the last three and half years if given another mandate to govern the state.
He said his transformation agenda in the last three and half years has been very eventful especially in the areas of Agriculture, human capital development, industrial and infrastructure development among others, assuring that if given the mandate to serve in the next four years as the governor of the state, he would consolidate on the achievements recorded in his first tenure to transform the state for the benefit of the entire people of the state.
While commending the people for given him the desired total support, the governor maintained that accountability, prudent management of resources would be his watchdog to ensure that the agenda of his administration is being pursue to logical conclusion .
In his remark, the immediate past governor of the state, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris lambasted those alleging that he is nursing ambition to defect to the All Progressive Party (APC) , describing the claim as falsehood of the century.
According to him “ How can I abandon a house I participated in building for a house that is not rooted in the state. I was the first governor on the platform of PDP in the state, no matter what has happen I can not abandon the party for APC because APC has no place in the state”
While appealing to PDP supporters and loyalists to be patient with the incumbent governor in the area of transformation of the state, the former governor said it is not easy for a leader to build castle on the sky , assuring that with adequate.