By Dapo Akinrefon
Governor Ibrahim Wada’s recent call on the PDP to commence early preparations for the 2015 presidential elections receives flaks from his many opponents, but the governor regards them as impostors.
IT was an unusual step for a normally reticent governor. The dusts raised by Governor Idris Wada’s recent call on President Goodluck Jonathan to flag off his campaign for the 2015 presidential campaign are yet to settle. Foes especially, are not about to allow the dust arising from the call to settle.
At home where Governor Wada has attracted enmity from both within and outside his Peoples Democratic Party, PDP any such controversy is bound to elicit the enthusiasm of political foes.
So, it is not surprising that his domestic foes would take opportunity of what they consider as a gaffe on the part of the governor to hit him.
The Kogi State chapter of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN understandably, has been beating the war drums.
The party in a statement described Wada’s call as a diversionary tactic from what it described as Wada’s lack of performance.
The party also said Gov. Wada’s call is coming in the wake of the expressed angst of the citizenry and the Kogi PDP elders against what it described as the unconscionable show of profligacy, deepening poverty, and primitive state of infrastructure in the state which it blamed on the administration.
Kogi State ACN Chairman, Mr. Haddy Ametuo, said: “It is a shame that, instead of giving an honest account of his almost one year in office, Mr. Wada has embarked on a cheap and unsolicited campaign for President Jonathan for 2015.
“It is a pity that this political liability who has broken the previous records for incompetence and corruption under former Governor Ibrahim Idris and has set new ones is now the Chief Campaigner for Goodluck Jonathan.”
Kogi elders kick
Aside the ACN, PDP elders in Kogi State have registered their displeasure over the state of affairs in the Confluence State.
In a petition to the president, the elders and political leaders said it was imperative for the president to arrest the serious drift in the state or risk the sudden death of the PDP in the state.
The group lampooned the one year old Idris Wada administration for “lacking a sense of direction, plain incompetence, mind-boggling corruption and illegalities”.
Crisis in the state assembly
Jointly signed by Senator Alex Kadiri, Senator Mohammed Ohiare, former Speaker of the State House of Assembly and former Acting Governor Clarence Olafemi, former state PDP Chairman John Odawun, Retired Air Vice Marshall Salihu Atawodi and former governorship aspirant, Dr Adinoyi Ojo Onukaba, the group listed the underdevelopment of the state, the crisis in the State House of Assembly, alleged looting of state resources and several illegalities and undemocratic practices as serious concerns.
They said: “It is rather unfortunate that our beloved state has acquired notoriety for unwholesome political practices, arrested development, deepening poverty and primitive state of infrastructure –all due largely to chronic mis-governance and endemic corruption of the last decade.”
In addition, the elders said they were saddened by Jonathan’s reluctance to do something about the grave state of the PDP in Kogi State, as well as lack of governance in the state adding, “party members are disappointed that the national headquarters of the party seems to have turned a blind eye to the plight of party members in Kogi State. They are angry that some highly placed individuals in the Presidency have continued to provide underserved cover for such illegalities in the hope of reaping selfish political benefits.”
“We feel scandalized that the party has chosen to watch helplessly as this charade and impunity continues in Kogi State. This is not acceptable. The party, our party should not cross one river and insult the crocodile, because there are more rivers ahead for the party to cross”, they stated.
It’s ranting of impostors – Wada
But rising to Wada’s defence, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Strategy, Mr Jacob Edi, dismissed the remarks against the governor.
In a chat with Vanguard, Edi lampooned the Kogi Elders over their statement noting that they were impersonators.
According to him, “the elders that gathered in Abuja are impersonators because the genuine Kogi elders have spoken. It is laughable that those claiming they are Kogi Elders have their office in Abuja. They are gangs of losers who cannot win elections in their wards. The authentic leader of Kogi Elders, which has been in existence since 1990, is Gen Ibrahim Saliu (rtd).”
On Wada’s performance, Edi explained that the governor has set up a think-tank to help direct the choice of projects that will affect the lives of the people.
He said: “In terms of performance, the governor has set up a think-tank because governance is all about team work. As I speak with you, roads are being constructed in Kogi State.
His administration is anchored on certain cardinal principles, which include honesty, rule of law and the fear of God. For someone to wake up and say he is not performing is presumptuous because they are based outside Kogi State.”