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Gov. Wada In The Eye Of The Storm

Posted: Jul 17, 2015 at 2:50 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Augustine Adah


The greatest political battle confronting Idris Ichalla Wada, governor of Kogi State at the moment is how to secure Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship ticket and win the election slated for November 21. Wada, who will complete his first tenure on January 27 2016, is interested in contesting for second term and has been endorsed by his predecessor, Ibrahim Idris and some elders of the party in the state.

But he appears to be one of the most criticised governors in Nigeria. Months after he was sworn in on January 27 2012, a group of Kogi indigenes wrote petitions to the National Secretariat of the party criticising   Wada’s style of leadership and advised the party to call him to order or risk party disintegration in the state.

Similar group also opposed the governor when he wanted to take loan from bond market in 2013.   The All Progressives Congress (APC) and civil society groups have not failed to criticize Wada’s government over its inability to attract development compared to other states of the federation. As the governorship primaries draw closer, some groups within PDP are advising the party against fielding Wada for the November 21 governorship elections.

Last Tuesday, PDP Concerned Group sent petitions to the national secretariat of the party warning against fielding Wada as the governorship candidate of the party.  The group further stated that the party would lose the election if it goes ahead with Wada as its flag bearer for the election. Since the general elections, many stakeholders have expressed disappointment over the poor performance of PDP in the state especially in Dekina local government area where Wada comes from. The party lost the two House of Assembly seats to APC.

However, Wada who is not ignorant of myriad of criticisms trailing his performance in the past three and half seems to have woken up from slumber. Few days ago, he flagged off the construction of some township roads in Ankpa,regarded as the largest urban centre in the state. Whether Wada secure the ticket or not, the battle to Lugard House is certainly going to be  the fiercest the state has ever witnesssed.

Wada,a first class flying instructor at the age of twenty-three joined the then national carrier, Nigerian Airways as a line pilot where he ascended to the rank of “Captain of Command”. In 1983, he joined the United Air Service (UAS) where he rose to the position of Chief Pilot and General Manager, within a very short period.

He became one of the pioneer indigenous airline operators in Nigeria, when he founded the Executive Aviation Service, EAS, in 1985 with some prominent Kogi indigenes. Wada attended several high level management and proficiency trainings in Nigeria, Brazil, Germany, UK and USA. He also undertook at regular intervals, several simulator conversion/recurrent flight training programmes. man-in-the-news