From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
Former governor of Kogi state, Capt. Idris Wada has pleaded with the people of the state to return him to Lugard House saying that his decision to join the race for the governorship election again is to tackle the gross lack of infrastructure and depressing economic plight of the people.
Capt Wada stated this at the weekend when he formally declared his intention to contest the November governorship election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The former, who lost in 2015 said he has what it takes for the PDP to recapture the state saying the dismal condition of the state economy and the general of governance were enough to move the people to issue mandate to the party and leadership capable of addressing the problem.
Wada insisted that he would create the much needed employment opportunities, and return the state to the path of fulfilling that promise that people desired at the creation of the state.
“Within the available resources available to my administration, I made the completion of inherited projects and payment of salaries a priority. What should inform the decision as to who becomes the next Kogi State governor should be about capacity and experience. My aspiration is about the people who now see suicide as an option.
“The November 16, governorship election will present to the people another lifeline; my past administration made transparency, accountability and honesty its watchword, and i appeal for the support of the PDP executives to enable me realise more”, he pleaded.
In particular, he lamented the poor condition of workers in the state, recalling that his administration was always up to date on salary payment, save for his last three months in office, one of which he attributed to disagreement with labour leaders, as to how best to utilise dwindled federal allocation and the others because monthly allocation had not arrived before his departure.
Further, he said the welfare of the people, their progress and development of Kogi people remain non negotiable.
He urged the party executives to create a level playing field that would allow for a candidate that is passionate in actualising the dream of a better and enviable Kogi, to emerge as its candidate.
He said that it would be “suicidal if Kogi people mess up the only opportunity left in choosing a purposeful leader as governor. Our only lifeline should be well utilized and not traded off for peanuts, and for anti Kogi progress.”