Kogi 2015: Idris Wada - a needless sentiment!
Kogi 2015: Idris Wada - a needless sentiment!
To some warped extent, Governor Idris Wada is the presumptive governorship nominee given the PDP's alleged primordial tradition of automatic ticket in the era of permissible gross electoral malpractice of rigging.
Nevertheless, there exist great doubt about the official endorsement of Idris Wada
gross unpopularity and the PDP's
purported on-going reforms that advance fair play.
In reality, Wada's intention for a second term is already sucking the oxygen from the PDP and it is not really a callous horror for some analysts to have thrown decorum to the wind by stating that one must be half-mad to dream up Idris Wada as emerging the next Governor in the coming elections because his past three years stay in office has been the worst leadership catastrophe for Kogi state.
For these set of thinkers, their belief is that the PDP
which claims to be running a reform agenda cannot continue to play out its embarrassing past, yet live in fallacy of electoral victory in modern day competitive politics.
In fact in the Kogi PDP, the general assumption is that the party's problem in the coming elections is all about Idris Wada's
trust issues, credibility and underperformance in his
first term in office.
The basic understanding is that Governor Wada has a scary political future, thus his quest for second term carries a mixed baggage of liabilities and political minuses including a major trust gap with voters and even his party members.
Indeed, if these assumptions are anything to go by, the political consequences of a Wada's
candidacy for the PDP
are many and serious as the Kogi electorate will be so unmotivated by the prospects of a Wada's come back.
Presently, the reason for Wada's
quest for return is still incomprehensive to many voters in Kogi, especially those that feel that his
agenda in office in the past three years has not brought to them any visible benefit or firm hope of a better future.
For now, Governor Idris Wada in his capacity as both the State Party leader of the PDP and incumbent governor is not sparing any effort at ensuring that he gets a second chance but the forces against him in the PDP fold are fighting very hard to make sure that their party not only survives the predicted political death that will come with Wada as its candidate but are working assiduously to rebrand their party.
Thus, the pressure on the National Party leadership of the PDP
to encourage Wada
to step aside as the Kogi Party leader should not be strange news as many genuine supporters of the PDP
believe that such a measure would permit a proper rebuilding of the party's membership and strategy for the coming elections.
Right or wrong, the simple fact is that the PDP members that have voiced their views against Wada
seem to be in the majority aside long list of state sponsored gale of endorsees.
Simply put, Wada
may have all the dramatic flair of an incumbent but his
antecedent in government as governor is huge minus and this is a very low point when his
political personality is deconstructed for the same position he
The clear indication from here is that Wada
will get a rough welcome by his
party members even if the PDP
leadership eventually endorses him.
Already, some groups in the PDP
have petitioned the national leadership of their party by stating that Wada
has conducted the affairs of both their party and government in a manner that seemingly lack good sense of direction, vision and purposeful leadership.
These public petitions from a section of the PDP faithful have thrust massive credibility burden on the entire PDP.
consideration for a second term will always be greeted by questions and the nature of answers the national party leadership will provide to convince the voting public that Wada's low rated
Performance in office will be of added value to the Kogi electorate's collective quest for a great Kogi.
Unfortunately, assurances from the PDP
will be very doubtful because even if explanations are made, they cannot be demonstrated or backed with action in this limited time before the election.
As such, the road map to victory in this governorship election for the PDP
will be difficult to achieve with Wada
The sponsored propaganda that Wada
remains a joker in the coming election appears baseless.
Realistically, such remarks should be best considered as a myth inarticulately fostered by his
supporters because the great question is where Wada
would get his
supporters from especially given that he
has not shown any apparent potential of containing the rapid growth in the membership and popularity of the APC which has largely benefitted from the PDP's thinning membership.
In fact, any credible analyst would agree that now that Wada
has become unelectable, the most effective way the PDP
can redeem itself from Wada's
growing unpopularity will be to refashion itself.
This belief is based on the assumption that the PDP
has lost its way under the present leadership of Wada
that could not sustain a united party.
As such, if Wada
is changed or asked to step down, the PDP
will then have a remedy that will attract new membership and stop further members exiting its umbrella.
Otherwise, granting Wada
the ticket means that the PDP
is not set for reform but still embracing its awkward politics of impunity.
Many supporters of the PDP
are already distraught but they believe that the selection of a new candidate for the PDP
will not only grant their party the opportunity for a reasonable contest but project the party's present national leadership as honourable exception from the past.
needs a decisive breakthrough on its choice of standard bearer because Kogi right now deserves a candidate that can boost the fortunes of the youths and revive the hopes of the masses.
This is where Wada's
failure as governor has shown that he
is utterly inadequate for consideration for a second tenure.
As such, the Wada camp
should stop their daydream on second term because even the most conclusive argument in favour of Wada
to be PDP's candidacy can never suggest a victory over Audu Abubakar, the contestant from the APC.