NOV. GUBER POLL: Kogi West PDP leaders endorse Gov. Wada

By Kingsley Fanwo & Boluwaji Obahapo, Lokoja
Leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from Kogi West Senatorial District gathered in Lokoja,  the state capital, on Thursday, to endorse the candidature of Governor Idris Wada ahead of the November 21 governorship election in the state.
This endorsement, which took place at Rakiya Ogbeha Place, Lokoja came on the heels of a similar  endorsement by the members of the Working Committees of the party in the nine local government areas of Kogi East.
The support for the governor for second term, the leaders of Kogi West PDP disclosed, was not un-conditional as they declared their resolve to see to the actualization of power rotation in the state after the tenure of Wada.
The leaders hailed the governor for his ability to maintain balance between human and.. infrastructural development since the inception of his administration.
The meeting was attended by over 200 leaders of the PDP from Kogi West. Prominent among those who attended the meeting are Arc. Yomi Awoniyi, Kogi State deputy governor; Senator Tunde Ogbeha; Prince Olushola Akanmode, a former Deputy Chief of Staff in the Presidency; Alhaji Musa Ahmadu; Hon. Shola Ojo; Dr. (Mrs) Grace Gunwa and many others.
The leaders disclosed that a notice of their resolution to engage with other stakeholders of the state on power rotation had been communicated to Wada; Senator Ahmadu Ali, a former National Chairman of PDP; and Alhaji Ibrahim Idris, a former governor of the state and other members of the Kogi State Elders Council.
They said that the agitation for power shift is just, but that it must be handled methodically and sincerely, expressing confidence in the willingness of the governor to ensure power rotation after his second term in office.
The leaders noted that the achievements of Wada, in the face of grave financial challenges, remained under publicized, leading to unsavoury comments by a section of the populace who know the truth but chose to play politics with serious economic issues.
They looked at issues relating to workers salaries and commended Wada for the efforts he had made to ensure payment despite the drastic drop in allocations from the Federation Account.
On the payment of the salaries of workers at the Local Government Service, particularly teachers, the leaders noted that the shortfall arose from the declining allocation to local government councils from the Federation Account.
The leaders, however, appealed to the teachers and staff in the Local Government Service to be patient with the governor as he makes efforts to remedy the situation.
They expressed confidence in the ability of Wada to consolidate on the achievements he recorded in his first term.