Governor Idris Wada
Some elders of the Peoples Democratic Party in Kogi State have urged the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, to quickly intervene in the crisis rocking the party in the state.
The elders who paid a courtesy call on Tukur last Friday in Abuja to formally complain about the illegalities and undemocratic practices of the Idris Wada administration, said it was high time the governor was called to order.
“We want the national leadership of our great party to intervene decisively to save the PDP in Kogi State from an untimely death”, said Senator Alex Kadiri who led the three-man group that also included Senator Mohammed Ohiare and Dr Adinoyi Ojo Onukaba.
“All is not well in Kogi State. Our party has been hijacked by strangers. There is no governance in the state. State funds are being used to settle judges and anti-corruption agencies. Not even a culvert has been constructed by the nearly one year old Wada administration.”
The elders listed the crisis in the state House of Assembly, the appointment of Liaison Officers for local councils, the continued looting of state treasury and the undemocratic conduct of state congress last weekend as some of the issues they are unhappy about.
They accused Wada of cluelessness, profligacy and looting. They cited the appointment of 20 commissioners, 57 advisers, 74 senior special assistants and scores of other assorted aides as proof that Wada is ill-prepared to govern the state.
The recent discovery of 800 ghost schools and 8,000 of ghost teachers, the elders added, represents only a tip of the iceberg of the rot in Kogi State.
Responding, Tukur promised to look into their complaints and commended the elders for their civilised and mature approach.
He said the PDP under his watch will be democratic, inclusive and transparent in all its dealings.
Tukur promised to treat the petition seriously adding that the calibre of the petitioners demands nothing less.
The elders, including the former Speaker and former Acting Governor of the state, Clarence Olafemi, Retired AVM Salihu Atawodi, and former state chairman of the party, John Odawun, had earlier submitted copies of their petition to President Goodluck Jonathan, Senate President David Mark, Speaker Aminu Tambuwal of the House of Representatives, and former President Olusegun Obasanjo.