The Special Adviser to Kogi State Governor on Media and Strategy, Jacob Edi, has said that Governor Wada remains the main contender ahead of November governorship election in the state.
He stated that the governor has justified the mandate given him by Kogi people in 2012. Speaking in an exclusive chat with Vanguard over the weekend, Edi said the desperation of those opposed to the governor’s reelection was “misplaced and unfortunate.”
He said the governor was unperturbed by the sponsored campaigns against his administration. “Let me reiterate an important thing here; the governor is not losing sleep over the spurious campaign of calumny sponsored by selfish and desperate individuals. Government will not pause the momentum of good governance because of politics and the administration of Capt. Idris Wada will continue to serve the interest of Kogi people.
The decision of who becomes the next governor of Kogi State is in the hand of God and the good people of the state who have been appreciative of the governor’s achievements since assuming office. “We have heard a lot of criticism and seen a lot of attempts to discredit the governor before the people. But his achievements are there for all to see despite the dwindling revenue at his disposal. Majority of Kogi people are with the governor and not taken in by the kite of lies been flown around by the enemies of the state”, he said.
Mr. Edi said the ruling PDP in the state remained one family, urging the opposition to concentrate on their own parties rather than looking out for cracks within the ruling party, assuring that the government will create an enabling environment for a free, fair and credible election. According to him, “The world is focusing on Kogi State to see whether we can improve on our democratic credentials.
Governor Idris Wada is an advocate of credibility in the electoral process and will ensure that he creates the right atmosphere in the state to ensure free poll. We cannot afford to disappoint Nigerians and the international community in this regard.” Edi called on the people of Kogi State to be steadfast and avoid been used by desperate politicians to cause chaos, saying the government was determined to ensure that the lives of Kogi people were not endangered due to anyone’s desire for power.
He said the governor had made it clear that his supporters should stay clear of violence. “Gov. Wada has made it clear that his ambition is never going to be as important as anyone’s life. Those who are beating the drum of war do not have the interest of our people at heart. But I want to say that this government is committed to a peaceful poll. I urge those who are desperate to have a rethink. The people are already seeing through their misinformation.
If you are saying someone has not performed, why are you jittery of failure? The enemies of this government know that the governor has justified his mandate through employment, prompt payment of salaries, water provision, roads construction, industrial development and healthcare delivery, among others. We are prepared to present our scorecard before the Kogi people, who are the most important stakeholders in the ongoing electoral process”, he said.
He said the governor has already laid a solid foundation for a great Kogi State, assuring the people that the government of Alh. Idris Wada will continue to work towards the development of the state and the empowerment of Kogites.
On the recent acrimony among PDP leaders in the build-up to the recently held Congress in the state, Edi said the PDP has already put that scene behind with the party now united ahead of the November 21, 2015 poll. He said the PDP is an organized party with efficient internal mechanism for resolving their crisis.
He said the governor as the leader of the party in the state has resolved the issues amicably, expressing hope that the new State Executive Committee will lead the party to victory in future polls.