Governor, Wada Idris
By Chuks Okocha
Apparently in defiance to the directive of President Goodluck Jonathan and the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Kogi State Governor, Wada Idris, Monday called on the North Central zone of the party to start planning for the 2015 general election.
President Jonathan and PDP had earlier instructed its members to keep 2015 politics in abeyance as it would distract elected political office holders in the performance of their duties.
Addressing the North Central executive committee of the PDP, Wada said people were already talking about 2015, stating that this was the appropriate time to start planning for the elections.
He said opposition political parties are already ganging up to destabilise PDP through various machinations as 2015 approaches.
“Opposition want to destabilise us but the mantle is with us now and we have to work harder,” he said.
While canvassing support for the 3R agenda of the PDP National Chairman, Dr. Bamanga Tukur, Wada also commended the founding fathers of the PDP for making the party the behemoth it is today and urged the National Working Committee (NWC) and leaders of the party to continue to work hard to keep it more virile.
“I have continued to support the leadership of PDP in Kogi State because without the party, we will not be occupying the positions we are occupying today,” he said.
However, in a swift reaction, the PDP national leadership countered the directives of Wada and urged its members to stay away from the politics of 2015 for now.
Reacting, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, told journalists that Wada may have been misquoted as his directive was in breach of the command of the party.
“I believe Kogi governor must have been misquoted because it is clearly against the directives of the President of the country who is the leader of the party, it is clearly against the directives of the national chairman of the party.
“The national executive committee has taken a decisive direction on this matter. Our decision is that we will focus on achieving results, on performing our duties, on delivering on the mandate, on the promises we made to the electorates and this is the directive that the national chairman has given to all elected and appointed representatives of the party.
“Kogi is one state that we directed to ensure that the performance of the governor should win us election again. The governor should focus his energy, his attention on ensuring that his people are satisfied with his performance in office. That should be his priority at this point and not 2015.
“We don’t want any distraction at this point and nobody should deviate from what we are doing. This is not time for politics, this is time for performance,” Metuh added.