indeed no iota of doubt that all the nook and crannies
of Kogi State are now boiling with great anxiety and
expectation over the Saturday governorship election..
22 political parties that fielded their candidates for
the poll have combed round the 21 local government areas
of the state, telling the electorates of what they would
do and what they would not, if voted for.
Of all the candidates however, that of the ruling
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in person of Governor
Idris Wada and Prince Abubakar Audu of the All
Progressives Congress (APC) stand higher in the crowd of
contestants in terms of scope and Issues of campaigns.
Issues that may play out in the choice of the
electorates in this saturday election may border
on the integrity of the contestants, their
performance while in public office, their
disposition to the workers and traditional
rulers and the issue of bailout fund and power
In most of
their campaign rallies, the PDP is always quick to tell
the electorates that Governor Wada has done well in his
over three years administration in the state, mentioning
all sectors of the economy he has excelled in.
The PDP also said Wada was perhaps the only governor who
completed all the abandoned projects of his predecessor
and paid all debts owed by that administration without
making any noise over it.
The most selling point of the PDP is Wada’s integrity
and humility which they say, has actually stabilized the
state. It is said that the issue of thuggery and ethnic
suspicion which have caused so much stirs in the state
have been greatly reduced.
The PDP also said workers in the state have their best
time under the present administration as their salaries
are being paid as and when due, unlike some other states
who are owing backlog of salaries.
The electorates are also told that it is only the PDP
that has the capacity to enforce the issue of power
shift to either the West or central senatorial district.
In their analysis, the Igala ethnic group which has been
controlling power since the creation of the state has
three districts; two of the districts have tasted power
for two terms while the third, Dekina where Wada hails
from has to complete its second term to pave way for
smooth transfer of power to another district.
The issue of corruption where the APC candidate is being
alleged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
of enriching himself with over #11 billion while in
office as governor is also generating some crises as the
PDP continued to hammer on this to discourage the
electorates from voting for the APC.
The issue has also caused some divisions within the rank
of the APC as some members are said to be secretly
working for the APC after series of petitions to stop
the candidacy of Audu.
Some of the factors that may also favour PDP in this
election is the issue of the running mate to Audu, in
person of James Faleke as some of the APC aspirants are
said to have expressed disgust over the. perceived
imposition of Faleke on the party.
However, the most thorny issue of campaign in this
election is that of non- release of the bailout fund by
the Central Bank to the state government.
The state government has applied for #50.9 billion loan
with over #40 billion to be set aside for the payment of
local government staff and teachers, but the money was
not released because PDP accused the APC of petitioning
the apex bank that if the money was released before the
election, it will be used to prosecute the exercise.
But the APC has consistently denied that it ever
sponsored any petition to stop the release of the
bailout fund, but blamed the state government for not
meeting up with the criteria of the CBN.
On the other hand, the APC has always campaigned that
Audu is a man of style and principle who is known as a
It is said that while he in office as governor, he left
behind durable legacies that are now the pride of the
They mentioned the establishment of the state
university, the state polytechnic, Radio Kogi and so
many other numerous things he did, deriding Wada’s
administration as weak and colourless and did not do
much with the allocation he’s collecting.
They also said Wada was instrumental to the percentage
payment of salaries of local government workers and
Primary school teachers who are owed back log of
Aside from this, the APC in their campaigns hammered on
the fact that the state cannot afford to be in the
opposition since the APC has taken over the Federal
government, saying the change mantra must be total.
However the permutation, political observers believe
that the election is going to be keenly contested
between the PDP and APC.
But looking at the strengths of the parties senatorial
district by senatorial district, the APC is likely to
have an edge in the Eastern senatorial district where
both Wada and Audu hail from.
Of the nine local government in the zone, pundits say
APC is likely to win five, namely Ankpa, Ofu Olamaboro,
Idah , Dekina while PDP is likely to win in Igalamela/odolu,
Bassa, Ibaji and Omala.
In the west
senatorial zone comprising seven local governments, the
PDP is likely to win three local governments namely,
Kabba- Bunu, Yagba West and Yagba East while the APC is
likely to clear Lokoja, Kotonkarfi, Mopa-muro and Ijumu
The central senatorial district is believed to be a
major deciding factor in this election as any of the two
dominant parties who can manage to have an edge will
likely win the overall election.
However, pundits say there may be apathy on the part of
the electorates in this axis which comprises of the
Ebira ethnic group as some of them were disenchanted
over the way the last APC party primary was organised..
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