By Ayodele Oluwafemi
Ahead of the November 16 governorship election in Kogi State, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Engr. Musa Wada has vowed to reclaim the governorship seat, noting that the state traditionally belongs to PDP.
Engr. Wada made this known while speaking with newsmen on Sunday in Abuja, NAN reported.
The PDP governorship candidate noted that the state traditionally belongs to the PDP, stressing that Kogi people are not scared of the incumbency power of Governor Yahaya Bello.
He emphasized that his party would conduct themselves peacefully during the election and not give in to violent tendencies that might be motivated by the ruling party.
Wada urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies to ensure that the election is free, credible and reflect the wishes of the people.
According to him, “PDP as peaceful party. We will not encourage violence, but that is not to say that we will sit and fold our hands when we are being tormented by forces that are undemocratic.
“Traditionally, Kogi is a PDP state and we have always removed incumbent governors. Back to history, PDP removed former Governor, Prince Abubakar Audu in 2003.
“Nobody will put his child forward to carry gun and attack others. People should realise that people using them as thugs have children. Why didn’t they use their children as thugs?
“PDP is going into this election to preach to people about our manifesto, to take away poverty that is now synonymous with our state. It is about issues.
“We are not going to care about violence, but let me tell you that we are very much on the ground. We have grassroots support and on their own, they are ready to quell violence that may come their way.
“The civil servants are not paid. The road infrastructure is zero, from the state capital to the grassroots
“We are talking of revival of the whole sectors because nothing is working. I have always said that Kogi is the capital of poverty in Nigeria. From stomach infrastructure to human empowerment, we will revive the entire decayed infrastructure. So, the work is enormous. We are going to face this head long.
“I have my relatives and brothers and sisters and friends, who are in civil service in Kogi. As I am speaking with you, I don’t think any of them have received salary in the last few months,” he noted.