Kogi & Bayelsa decide: Who wins where!
 
   
 
   
 

There is 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..

 

The 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 shift.

 

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 real achiever.
It is said that while he in office as governor, he left behind durable legacies that are now the pride of the state.
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 salaries.
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 local government.
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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Kogi & Bayelsa decide: Who wins where!
 
 
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Kogi & Bayelsa decide: Who wins where!
 
 
Kogi & Bayelsa decide: Who wins where!