KOGI GUBER: Musa Wada, A chip off the old block.||Anyigbaleft


As the stage is becoming set for the much anticipated November 16 governorship election in Kogi, the electorates have being weighing their options between the continuation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government of governor Yahaya Bello or his replacement by the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Engr Musa Wada.

Musa Wada is the son in law of former governor Ibrahim Idris and the younger brother to Captain Idris Wada, also a former governor of Kogi State between 2011 and 2015 on the same platform, the PDP that his brother is seeking to contest the election this time around. Mr Musa Wada has been chanting his intentions for the people of Kogi state, he has been on AIT, Arise TV and several other broadcast and print media outlets. What is palpable and a take home for any progressive minded citizen of Kogi state is that Musa Wada is a chip of the old block and a potential continuation of the nepotic, misplaced and decadent governance style that was ousted by the APC with the popular and enthusiastic support of the people of Kogi state.

Recall that under Idris Wada, Kogi state was brought to its brink of financial collapse by the then PDP administration, with their countless errors in choice of peoples oriented programmes, value addition and sustainable development. We know the controversy surrounding the maintenance cost of the greater Lokoja Water works, the demolition of Kogi Hotel, the construction of Kogi House among others.

Similarly under successive PDP governments, Kogi state was notorious hub for insecurity, with frequent bank robberies, thuggery and community clashes leading to mayhem and massacres. Like the massacre in Obehira,Okene, Ihima,Anyigba,Ejule and other places in Igalaland between 2008 and 2010, and thug violence perpetrated by Rambo et al in Anyigba, Ejule e.t.c. The aforementioned factor greatly undermined the potential of the state to develop a thriving, buoyant private commercial sector.

The current challenges faced by the new direction government has been blamed on the misappropriation and governance style of past administrations, of which we know of the 20 years since the return to civilian rule in 1999, the PDP have ruled for the last twelve years before the ascendance of the APC present government in 2016. 

We know that between 2012 and 2014 under Wada administration, the state earned N240 billion as revenues from both the federation account and internally generated revenue, and yet the then government was unable to meet infrastructural development and even resorting to percentage payments of salaries and other entitlements. We also know of how the flood relief fund of 2012/2013 and the Sure-P funds were mismanaged and siphoned. That was what led Governor Bello to commission an eight man panel of inquiry into previous PDP administrations in the state led by Justice Wada Umar Rano.

Also according to a report by the auditor-general of Kogi State in 2018, it purported that about N4 billion was discovered to have been diverted from pension and gratuity funds of the state between 2010 and 2015 to private accounts, using names of unintended beneficiaries to the detriment of pensioners in the state.

Despite these facts and figures, Musa Wada that controvertible candidate of the PDP went on air in his media outings attempting strenuously to exonerate past misrule under the PDP and heaping every fault in Kogi state to the last four years of Yahaya Bello’s government. Which is a clear indication that Kogi under Musa Wada would be nothing different but a re-enactment of the past that was rejected by our people.This was marked by dysnastic leverages, ethnic chauvinism, lack of accountability, egocentricism and wholesale mismanagement.

We know how under Wada about half of the state house of Assembly members where residing outside the state as a result of the strong arm tactic of the then governor. 

Musa Wada has exhibited nothing different, he has failed to foster unity within his disintegrating party, which his demonstrable with the conspicuously absence of party bigwigs in the state. If he fails to exhibit leadership within the party, how can he exhibit it on a state wide basis, and all this are a pointer to his character as a person.

Kogi state PDP has been for a long time in the grip of tyranny, as the political ball game has always revolved around a determinate faction and structures, which produced Idris Wada, and now Musa Wada, to hoodwink the electorates of our beloved state. But to a perceptive observer they are one and the same. They are from families that have held sway in Kogi east and Kogi state for a longtime. Even Musa Wada testified to it in his interviews.

That is why Yahaya Bello and Chief Edward Onoja ticket present to the people of Kogi new faces, new names, and new idiosyncrasies, capable of bringing new capacities to bear on the business of government. It is this possibility that has led to so much optimism among the people of Kogi East and Kogi state in entirety. So far there has been a shift in the pattern of appointment and developmental projects distribution. In the past it used to be lopsided, but under the current regime, equity, fair and inclusiveness seems to be the watch word.

The incumbent governor has been tested and proven to be a man of progressive ideals, strict discipline and principles, Musa Wada on the other hand is a novice to elective politics, like his brother who had never contested an election before he was brought from nowhere and foisted on the people by my boss,former Governor Ibrahim Idris. So the people of Kogi state know what they want and that is a new deal, not the circulation of the same old, tested and rejected cycles. Kogi state like Nigeria is a liberal democracy, not an oligarch or aristocracy, so the people can choose their leaders regardless of their antecedent and genealogy.

The new direction government has been delivering on this, seizing on chance to implement a youthful government and a youthful agenda, thus bringing about a generational leap in governance style as well as in the personal and collective fortunes of the people of Kogi state. The All Progressive Congress is proud to be the champion of this progressive, forward looking governance approach or as i ones puts it, “ an unreformed PDP cannot withstand a forward looking APC in Kogi state”.

Dr. Tom Ohikere is the Secretary Of The Media And Publicity Committee Of The Kogi State APC 2019 Governorship Campaign Council.

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