Joseph Amedu in Lokoja reports on the growing public support for Governor Wada’s candidature in the coming governorship poll
Wife of the Kogi State governor, Hajiya Halima Ladi Wada, Anyigba Youths and ex -ALGON Chairmen in the state have continued to drum support for the candidature of Governor Idris Wada in the coming November poll in the state.
The First Lady who was a guest of the Anyigba Youths at an award ceremony asked them to support the re-election project of her husband for the sustainability of the gains of democracy already put in place.
The Governor’s wife also challenged youths across the state to always cultivate the spirit of charitable and empowerment projects aimed at assisting themselves in their life endeavours.
Mrs Wada stated this at Anyigba during 18th inauguration/Award programme held at the Ogohii’s palace, for the year 2015, by the Visionary Youths club, Anyigba at the weekend.
She used the occasion to solicit genuine support for the bid to re-elect the her husband and governor of the confluence state, Capt Idris Wada in the November 21st governorship election in the state.
She expressed appreciation for the support Anyigba people have been giving to the present administration, saying government is not unaware of myriads of problem confronting the community, promising a systematic approach at addressing all the issues.
Mrs Wada advised the youth groups to maintain the achieved peace, security, and violence free society, saying no nation attain greater heights in an atmosphere of rancour, crises and ill will.
The wife of the governor promised to partner with the youth groups along with her NGO, KOWEN, to obtain reasonable percentage of achievements in the area of empowerment, skill acquisition and charity.
Hajiya Halima Wada stressed the need for the people of the area who are part of Dekina local government to rally support and ensure the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), in November governor ship election, saying the need for continuity is to complete the ongoing projects along with initiating new ones that will touch the lives of the people.
Mrs Wada congratulated the youth groups and urged them to remain focused and not indulge in what will bring to disrepute the already built image over the years.
In another development during the weekend, former chairmen of the All Local Government of Nigeria, ALGON elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party,(PDP), Kogi State chapter, said that the emergence of Capt. Idris Wada as the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party,(PDP) signify Victory for the party in the November 21st 2015 governorship election in the state.
In a statement signed by the former ALGON Chairman, Aloysius Okino, the group described the overwhelming votes Wada got during the election as an indication of his popularity and the support he enjoys from vast majority of members of PDP who share his vision for Kogi state.
They congratulated the party’s National working committee of PDP for a job well done in conducting what it described as transparent, free, fair, credible and a well organised primary which they said confirmed the leadership position of PDP in the Nigerian polity.
The group affirmed their resolve to work very hard for the victory of Wada and indeed that of the party in the governorship election slated for the 21st November, 2015. They urged all members of the party at all levels to embrace and rally round the Governor and leader of the party, so as to deliver a resounding victory for the party at the 21th November 2015, election.
The group equally called on those who lost out during the primary to consider the larger interest of the party and join hands with the candidate of the party to win overwhelmingly, the governorship election.
The First Lady commended the club on the award done her, saying that it will spur her to continue to do more for the entire society at large.
Earlier, The SSA 1 to governor Idris Wada in Dekina local government area,Alhaji Nda Paddy Usman, and Ogohi Onu Anyigba, Alhaji Abu Shuaibu Okolo the First Lady of the unalloyed support of the people of the area for the success of the administration while congratulating her on the award.
Highlights of the occasion include the award of excellence, humanitarian and charitable stance to the wife of the governor and other beneficiaries, with the governor’s wife dedicating the award to the entire women of Kogi state.
Meanwhile, the state government has said it is yet to access the bail-out loan granted the state by the federal to off-set salary arrears owed workers in the state.
In a statement by the state Commissioner of finance, Alfa Zakari, the government has urged civil servants to disregard the rumour making the round that the state has collected the fund but refused to use it for the purpose intended.
The Commissioner however sympathized with the workers plight especially local government staff who are the worst victims of the non-payment.
Zakari commended the state workforce for their patient and understanding on the lingering problem.
Against the backdrop of recent protests by workers in Kogi Local Government alleging government’s failure to pay their outstanding salaries despite that the administration of Capt Idris Wada was in possession of the bail out money, the Commissioner said the allegation was based on mere assumption clarifying that Kogi is one of the states yet to access the loans.
He warned against politicizing the issue and cautioned against instantaneous protests as they could be hijacked by fifth columnists to destabilize the peaceful nature of the state.
In a statement, he said: “As at Thursday, September 17, 2015, what the CBN Governor said was that 18 states have accessed the money. Four other states are being processed. And these states are Oyo, Delta, Kogi and Benue. So, as it is now, we have not been paid. The Honourable Commissioner for Finance and the State Deputy Governor have been in Abuja linking up with the CBN to facilitate the release of the Bailout Loan.
“The government appreciates the patient of the workers but reassures that on receipt of the money, no delay whatsoever will occur in making sure that all the out standings salary arrears are paid.
“The whole process will be transparent; notices will be published, Kogi people will see clearly what is being paid and to whom, across the entire state.
“We sympathize with the protesting workers because workers in Kogi State Local Government Councils have been very, very understanding on the salary issues. However, on this account, they have been misinformed that the bail out fund has been released. It has not. We appeal to them to be patient. They have been patient for a long time. The solution is just around the corner now. We will still appeal to them that they should not allow themselves to be used as political tools in causing upheaval and destabilizing the peaceful nature of the state. It will be most unfortunate if fifth columnists capitalized on such protests to wreck havoc in the state.
“Once again, the protests may be as a misinformation that the state has accessed the fund. No, we are still in the process of doing so. The moment it is paid, the civil servants, indeed all the workers across the state will feel the impact immediately,” the Commissioner disclosed.