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Published On: Thu, Dec 13th, 2012

Strange: Governor Idris Wada of Kogi represents Deputy at book launch


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The Governor of Kogi State was at his element of running to Abuja at the slightest opportunity ,abandoning the task of governance in his state. This was further manifested during the launch of a book by ace broadcaster Mrs Moji Makanjuola at the Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja last night.
Governor Wada whose name was conspicuously missing from the programme of event appeared to have gate-crashed or represented his Deputy Yomi Awoniyi whose name was on the list of invited guests to use the opportunity to seek audience with the first lady Dame Patience Jonathan who was the Special Guest of Honour. This fact was corroborated by some sources who said his presence is not unconnected but not limited to the pending judgment of the Appeal Court in the case between the winner of the January 9th primaries of the PDP in Kogi State, Alhaji Jibrin Isah Echocho,his soiled relationship with President Jonathan for daring the President 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 as well as security reports linking him (Wada) to the sponsorship of the Namadi Sambo 2015 presidential ambition.

Recall that on  the 24th of June, a distraught and beleaguered Capt. Wada scurried to the National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and the National Working committee (NWC) “to intervene” in the petitions in court against him by the winner of the January 9 primary elections of the party Alhaji Jibrin Isah.

Governor Wada who came in a clear two hours before the arrival of the Chief Launcher Tunde Ayeni and the first Lady immediately stood up to welcome the first lady from her car , when news filtered into the hall that she was around. Many observers frowned at the attitude of the governor especially as he was neither the chief host or chief launcher of the event. This once again raised the question raised by elders in the state on the way and manner the governor was running the affairs of the state.
A source further volunteered that Governor Wada was out just to make pleas to the first lady for her motherly intervention and this was evident as he frantically scribbled down short notes and passed to the first lady at every opportunity, after earlier attempts at seeking audience with her proved abortive.
Governor Wada further made a donation of One million naira amidst applause from the audience. He was the only state governor present at the event that ended at 11.45pm.

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