Echocho is Choking Me, Wada Tells PDP Chairman

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The Kogi State Governor, Idris Wada, yesterday called on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Working Committee (NWC) to talk to an aggrieved member of the party, Jubrin Isah (Echocho) who was challenging his eligibility as the party’s candidate for the governorship election of December 3, 2011, which the latter won.

Judgment will be delivered next week in one of the cases instituted by Isah. Speaking yesterday when he led a delegation of party chieftains on a courtesy visit to the PDP NWC, Wada told the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur that all his efforts to seek reconciliation with Isah was unsuccessful.

“Mr. Chairman, I will be deceiving you if I tell you that all is well within our party in Kogi State. I am happy and honoured that our leaders and representatives from all our 21 local government areas, from all the three zones are here with me.

“Despite my efforts at reconciliation there is still some pocket of indiscipline and disunity within the party, so I want to call on you Mr. Chairman to use your wisdom, your wide experience with that of members of National Working Committee to do whatever you can to unite our party.

“Our common challenge is the opposition. We should have members within our party toeing different lines from what the manifesto and the leadership at the national level have guided us to do.

“Mr. Chairman, a member of our party still have four cases against me in court. I think that is wrong and I call on you to intervene as quickly as possible. Guidelines of our party with regards to going to court is very clear and I have read the guidelines of gubernatorial electoral elections in the party very carefully and it states very clearly that any issue must be resolved through the internal system of resolution. Elections were held in December and we are now in June.”

Reacting in statement, Jubrin Isa said the best way to resolve the party impasse in the state was to allow due process and rule of law to prevail, since there were pending cases on the issue in court. Isah spokesperson, Phrank Shuaibu, said the action of Wada in visiting the national chairman on the political imbroglio in the state came as shock.


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