“Kogi PDP Need To Be Saved, First, From The Elders” – Wada

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Kogi State Government has questioned the interests of a group of elders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, alleging that the group, through its activities, has shown that it was bent on disparaging the administration of Governor Idris Wada.

Reacting to recent publications condemning Wada’s leadership style and calls by the elders on PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, to intervene and sanitize Kogi under Wada’s leadership, the government countered that the party needed to be saved, first, from the elders.

It reiterated that Wada it was who had asked the national chairman to save him from them.

In a statement issued from the office of the special Adviser on Media and Strategy which was singed by Alhaji Yekini Jimoh, Media Assistant on Print, Kogi State Government recalled the June 23, 2012 visit to the PDP national secretariat, where Governor Wada conferred with Tukur and members of the national working committees, during which he asked to be saved from the anti-PDP antics of some members from Kogi.

It said despite efforts by the governor to reconcile aggrieved members, pockets of indiscipline and disunity witnessed within the party are being perpetrated by the elders.“The Governor, it will be recalled, had pleaded with the National Chairman that our common challenge should be the opposition and that we should not, as a party, have members within our party toeing different lines from what the manifesto and the leadership at the national level have guided us to do. As at today, a member of our party who we believe has the backing of the so-called elders has returned to the appeal court, to add to the litany of cases against the governor.
Reporting the governor at this point in time is tantamount to putting the cart before the horse. The real people to beg are the so-called elders.”
The statement accused the “self-styled” Kogi Elders Forum of having transmuted as the fore runner of the state executive of the opposition Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and wondered if the elders, by their current engagement, were true members of PDP.
“There is therefore little wonder that statements from the said elders in their on going campaigns to malign Governor Wada, are constantly followed by a thumb up for them by the ACN state leadership. Perhaps, they are one and serve the same master. A case of the hands of Jacob and hands of Esau, you may say,” the statement read in parts.

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