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Friday, 6 November 2015

Wada in trouble as councillors plan to join APC

The re-election bid of Governor Idris Wada for a second term may have suffered a major setback, as the current 21 Local Government Chairmen may have concluded arrangements to defect to All Progressives Congress (APC).
The governor and the Council members had a face-off last year when the former (Wada) was fingered in sponsoring a court ruling which ordered the dissolution of the 21 members.naijawhatzup gathered that the move was meant to install those loyal to him as caretaker members.

Though, the governor denied having a hand in the ruling, he has however refused to allow the reinstatement of the said council members who won their case for reinstatement at an Appeal Court in Abuja, a fortnight ago.
The governor was quoted to have said he has no confidence that the council members would work for his re election, and has therefore told them he would obey the Appeal Court order when he wins the Nov 21 election, a development which does not go well with the over 200 council members.
It was learnt that the chairmen have sent an emissary to the candidate of APC, Prince Abubakar Audu of their plan to join the opposition party.
Their leader who did not want his name in print said they will be defecting along with the entire councillors in the 21 LGAs of the state to the APC.
He described Wada’s administration as “lame duck” and one that has betrayed the trust of the people with executive impunity, stating that APC is the panacea to the myriad of problems that have plagued the state in recent time.
“The corruption in the state is second to none, why is Gov Wada seeking re-election? He has no tangible achievements in the state to his credit. He appointed his messengers as caretaker chairmen with the sole aim of cornering the accounts of the LGAs, the Councils system in Kogi state is a fraud where all sorts of corruption are taking place, courtesy of Gov Wada”, he said.
The source advised the various financial institutions not to honour any cheque or transact government businesses with the stooge caretaker chairmen who, he said, are not recognised by law.

Group organises debate for contestants

The Coalition For Popular Participation and Credible Election in Kogi State, yesterday said it has concluded arrangements to organize a debate for all the 22 candidates contesting the November 21 governorship election in Kogi State.
The coordinator of the group, Reverend Father, Leonard Odomeja who disclosed this in Lokoja said that the debate will hold on Sunday, November 8.
Odomeja said that the aim was to make the electorate have better knowledge and understanding of the candidates and their manifestoes.
He listed the Justice Development and Peace Commission of the Catholic dioceses of Lokoja and Idah, the state chapters of Council of Ullamahs, Christian Association of Nigeria and the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) as members of the coalition.
He said that it was the belief of the coalition that the debate will give the candidates the opportunity to explain their programmes to the people and affords the candidates opportunity to know themselves better.
Odomeja expressed the hope that the debate will also assist the electorate to make an informed decision while casting their votes.
He described the debate as the modest contribution of the coalition towards having a violence free, fair and credible governorship election on November 21.

I’ll upgrade Ologidi stool if –Wada

Governor of Kogi State, Idris Wada has assured the people of Ogidi community that the stool of Ologidi of Ogidi will be upgraded into a second class status, if he is re elected.
The governor stated this in Ogidi in Ijumu local government area of the state while commissioning the Ogidi Community Health Centre, on Tuesday.
In his speech, the National President of Ogidi Development Union, Mr. Tunde Ipinmisho, said the Health Centre, built by the Kogi State Community and Social Development Agency, is a 33-bed cottage hospital with world class equipment.
Ipinmisho thanked the agency for re-designing the project and delivering it in record time. He appreciated the agency’s assistant in completing a water supply project initiated in the 1970s by a Canadian priest of the Catholic Church.
The governor, in his speech, thanked the agency for playing a key role in facilitating the project.
Wada appreciated the President of Ogidi Development Union and the good people of Ogidi community for identifying the priority and providing the necessary counterpart funding.
He promised to provide the hospital with a medical Doctor, Nurses, and other ancillary Staff.
“We will provide a generating plant for this Health Centre. I will also direct the state Ministry of Rural Development to provide a borehole too. If you vote for us, when we come back to office, we will upgrade the stool of the Ologidi of Ogidi to a second class status”, the governor added.

Wada is our hope for power shift –Otunba Arogundade

A Computer guru and the Akeweje of Odo ape, Otunba Peter Arogundade has said that Governor Idris Wada was the only one capable of actualising the power shift issue which has generated a lot of crises in the state.
Otunba Arogundade who is also a leading Light in Okun land said it was far better to work for the re-election of Governor Wada than to work for a fresh candidate whose political pedigree is in doubt.
Arogundade who was a guest of honour at a Youths’ forum in Lokoja said that it was easy to make a promise than to fulfill a promise, saying “ when two people make a promise, you check their background and their capacity to fulfill that promise, so for me, I think Wada is the best option to fulfill the power shift promise”. Continuing, he said: “ I think Wada is too decent to break a promise of this magnitude; therefore, using his administration as a base or a kind of nucleus now for that power shift, it will pay us better than a new person starting afresh, therefore, I urge everybody from the central and western senatorial districts who have been crying for power shift, to come out en masse and vote for the PDP in the coming election”, he said.
On the perceived non-performance of the governor, the philanthropist said he believed that the governor had done creditably well commensurate with the resources available to him.
“ I learnt that Wada has completed many projects he inherited from the immediate government and has sufficiently made an impact in all the three districts of the state, but more heart warming is that he has been able to stabilize peace in the state, which is what I want the electorate to give serious consideration to, when they cast their votes”.The Philanthropist who pleaded with the youths not to allow themselves to be used as thugs in the election, urged them to guide their future jealously.
“ I plead with you, young men and women here not to allow yourself to be used to cause anything that can undermine peace and order in this election; be orderly in your conduct, vote and leave the scene because the future of Kogi State and Nigeria is in your hands, please do not abuse it”, he added.
While saying his foundation has given out scholarship awards to hundreds of youths in the state, he also stated that his pet project has empowered over 1,200 widows and orphans in the state, saying he was only doing this not for any political reason but to contribute his own little quota to assist the under-privileged in the society.

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