A group of respected elders and political leaders from Kogi State have cried out to President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, Bamanga Tukur, to arrest serious drift in the state or risk the sudden death of the PDP in the state.
The group, in a statement made available to the media yesterday in Abuja, accused the one-year-old Idris Wada administration of lacking a sense of direction, incompetence, monumental corruption and other illegalities.
In the statement jointly released 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; Air Vice Marshall Salihu Atawodi (rtd) and former governorship aspirant, Dr Adinoyi Ojo Onukaba, the group listed the under-development of the state, the crisis in the State House of Assembly, the looting of state resources and several illegalities and undemocratic practices as serious concerns.
The statement read in part: “We, the under-signed, are stakeholders and prominent members of the PDP in Kogi State. We wish to make our feelings known to you on the series of illegalities and undemocratic practices being perpetrated by the Captain Idris Wada administration and to urge you, as the leader of our great party, to take urgent measures to save our party from imminent death and the state from the coming anarchym,” the statement reads.
“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 a reaction yesterday, Governor Wada dispelled the claims as untrue, saying he was not interested in attacking personalities but that as elders of the state, those making the false claims should have something better to say from an informed position.
A statement from the Special Adviser on Media and Strategy to Wada, Edi Jacob, said ten months in the life of four-year tenure is relatively too short to assess its performance, noting however that the Wada administration was already taking steps to reposition the state for sustained progress.