As the Kogi State governorship election draws nearer, a group within the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, the PDP Concerned Group, has urged the national leadership of the party and the PDP Governors’ Forum to persuade the incumbent governor of the state, Capt. Idris Wada, against seeking a second term in office.
Making this plea in a nine-page petition it sent to the PDP national secretariat and the party’s governors’ forum, the group warned that Capt. Wada’s candidature would bring defeat on the party at the election.
While suggesting that Wada may have been bogged down by ill health, the concerned group insisted that the Governor has performed woefully so far and that Kogi people would definitely be careful not to grant him another tenure.
The petition, which was signed by five members of the group; Husseni Idris, Mohammed Bello, Taiye Oshadare, Emanuel Sani and Ishaya Yusuf, attributed PDP’s failure in the recent general elections to the party’s inability to field credible people as flag-bearers.
According to the petitioners, “Our party would have won convincingly and retain power in states like Benue Plateau, Adamawa, Niger and even Kwara State, and some other states if only we fielded more acceptable candidates for the said elections.
“If PDP loses in the forthcoming gubernatorial polls, the morale of many party faithful in this state will drop, and many might decamp to other parties.”
They argued that the loss of the party in Dekina Local Government Area, where Governor Wada hails from, during the recent National Assembly elections, was a clear indication of the people’s impression of the reigning governor.
According to them, the failure recorded by the PDP in the recent elections was due to non payment of salaries, infrastructural decay and stagnation of government projects, among others.
The group contended that fielding Capt Wada as governorship candidate would mean a predictable defeat for the PDP and the full return of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to power in the state.