By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor

Kogi—Governor Idris Wada of Kogi State was, Tuesday, consolidating his authority in office with meetings with major political and opinion stakeholders in the state.

Among those who parleyed with the Governor yesterday was the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Nasir Ajannah, who had failed to swear him in last week.

Details of the meeting between both men were not immediately available, though a source said it could not have been far from reconciliation of both men.

A source who confirmed the meeting, told Vanguard last night on condition of anonymity  said: “My understanding is that the Chief Judge explained his constraints over the issue and said that it was not based on any personal bias or any ulterior motive.”

The Governor, who has taken over full command at the Government House, Lokoja, it was learnt, is tomorrow poised for a decisive meeting with members of the State House of Assembly. As at last night it could not be confirmed if the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Abdullahi Bello, who was sworn in as Acting Governor by the Chief Judge last Friday would be attending the meeting.

Bello’s involvement at the meeting could inevitably bring the power struggle in the state to a definite conclusion following the earlier intervention by Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, recognising Wada as governor.

Wada it was learnt, yesterday, is today also expected to inaugurate a think-tank for his administration. The body it was learnt would be expected to map out a direction for the new administration.


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