Wada Dares Jonathan, PDP, Orders Campaigns For 2015

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Kogi
state governor, Captain Idris Wada, yesterday dared President
Goodluck Jonathan and the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) when he ordered the North Central zone to commence political campaigns
ahead of the 2015 general elections.   
Addressing the North Central Executive
Committee of the party in Abuja, Wada noted that 2015 is just around the corner
and people have begun to really talk about the general elections.   
But Jonathan and the Chairman of the
party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, have at several fora ordered that no political
office holder should talk about the 2015 general elections so as not to be
distracted in their duties.   

According to Wada, the PDP in the
region lost one of its states (Nasarawa) to the opposition Congress for
Progressive Change (CPC) in the 2011 governorship elections because of
inadequate preparations. 

He pointed out that the opposition
parties have begun to strategize for 2015 with the sole aim to torpedo the
ruling party at the polls.   
He said “Opposition wants to
destabilize us but the mantle is with us now and we have to work harder.” The
governor commended the founding fathers of the PDP for their political
foresight just as he declared his support for the party chairman’s programmes.
  
“I have continued to support the
leadership of PDP in Kogi because without the party we will not be occupying
the positions we are occupying today,” he stressed.   
But in a swift reaction, the party’s
national leadership overruled the governor and directed its members to
disregard Wada’s directives by staying away from politics ahead of the 2015
general elections.   
Contacted for reaction, the PDP
National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh told newsmen that the Kogi
governor must have been misquoted as his directive was in direct contradiction
to the resolution of party.   
“I believe Kogi governor must have
been misquoted because it is clearly against the directives of the President of
the country who is the leader of the party; it is clearly against the
directives of the National Chairman of the party.   
“The National Executive Committee has
taken a decisive direction on this matter. Our decision is that we will focus
on achieving results; on performing our duties; on delivering on the mandate,
on the promises we made to the electorates and this is the directive that the
national chairman has given to all elected and appointed representatives of the
party.   
“Kogi is one state that we directed to
ensure that the performance of the governor should win us election again. The
governor should focus his energy, his attention on ensuring that his people are
satisfied with his performance in office. That should be his priority at this
point and not 2015.   
“We don’t want any distraction at this
point and nobody should deviate from what we are doing. This is not time for
politics, this is time for performance”, Metuh warned.
Source:
People’s Daily

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