Kogi May Open ‘New PDP’ Office Soon

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As the crises rocking the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) thicken, there are strong moves by some aggrieved members of the party in the state to join the G7 PDP state and open a new office in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.

The ruling party was plunged into crises shortly after the special convention held in Abuja.

Our correspondent’s attempt to put a call through to the state Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Hassan Salau was futile. The Kogi PDP Chair, however, replied a text message with: “I am not aware”.

Also the special adviser to the state governor on media and strategy, Jacob Edi, said the party in the state had never been in any crises.

He said the administration of Captain Idris Wada has ensured that members of the party have carried along.

“This administration is focused and would never be distracted in it transformation programme for the people of the state”, said Edi.

Some of the aggrieved members, it was learnt, were strong supporters of former governorship aspirant of the PDP in the state, Alhaji Jibrin Isah Echocho, who  are majorly from the eastern flank of the state.

Even though the state governor, Captain Idris Wada is not member of the G7 states, the aggrieved members are said to be holding an exclusive meeting in an undisclosed venue to join the newly formed PDP in the state.

One of the member of the parallel PDP, who craved anonymity, told The Nation that their reason for joining the new party was not only because of the impasse at the national level, but also because of developmental backwardness in the state, led by the Idris Wada PDP administration.

According to the source, the administration in the state is almost clocking two years but yet not significant to show for it.

“In as much as we appreciate the fact that the governor will have to learn the rope in the administration of the state, one year should have been enough for the learning process,” said the source.

Also joining the new PDP in the state,  were some PDP members who were said to have fallen out with the current administration in the state. Their main reason was because they felt jilted by the Wada government, whom according to them risk their time, energy, life and money to entrench the party amidst strong opposition.

A one time member of the state PDP, who also pleaded anonymity, said: “We made this government what it is today, but instead of we benefiting from the fruit of our labor, this administration prefers bringing those who have never cast vote in the state before and made them one thing or the other in the state.

“He asked us to go and lick our wounds because his administration can only work with technocrats and professors. Tell me, with all the professors and the so-called technocrats, Kogi State is least develop state in the country. Mind you, instead of licking our wound, we have to join new PDP, so we can find our bearing,” the source added.

On the other hand, Edi argued further that to link the temporal crises at the party national level, with the development and achievement of governor Wada, is a real display of illiteracy and imagination of political jobbers in the state.

“We at the government level wish them well in their decision and let them continue to wallop in beeline ignorance,” he added.

All attempt to speak with Alhaji Jibrin Isah Echocho failed, as his cell phone was not reachable. However his spokesman, Phrank Shaibu declined comment despite much persuasion.


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