From AMEDU JOSEPH, Lokoja
The Director-General of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Campaign Council for the November 16 governorship polls in Kogi State, Senator Smart Adeyemi, has admonished the candidate of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Musa Wada to refrain from hate speech and campaign of calumny against the incumbent Governor Yahaya Bello who is also candidate of APC in the race.
Senator Adeyemi described the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) and her candidate in the November 16, 2019 governorship election, Engineer Musa Wada as a sinking ship that has lost both the passengers and cargoes to self inflicted storms.
The Director-General stated this while reacting to alleged comments on AIT Kaakaki programme disparaging the ruling government of the APC by the candidate of the PDP, Engineer Wada at the Secretariat of the Kogi Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists ( NUJ) over the weekend.
Adeyemi warned Engineer Wada and his party to desist from making unsatisfactory comments of the person of Governor Yahaya Bello and the party to avoid the APC campaign Council from unearthing the atrocities committed by the former government of the PDP, saying, he has a enough dossiers that will permanently nail the party.
He added that, Engineer Wada is just parading himself as the Candidate of the PDP when the issue of authentic candidate is pending before the Law Court urge him to face his crisis and to leave the APC alone.
He condemned the allegations of Engineer Wada that the APC was privy to the attack on the venue of the PDP primary election, advising him to look inward for the problem as many of the aspirants were men with criminal records .
He advised him to get himself acquainted with the dirty politics of the PDP which he noted was populated with men of questionable character who ruled the state for many years leaving the people without the dividends of Democracy stressing that his party is too busy with how to make lives better for the citizenry than to meddle with internal crisis of PDP.
He added that his ruling APC government against the practice of the previous administrations of PDP who have created an army of thugs, Governor Bello has made the youths the drivers of his government.
Adeyemi stated that his choice of dumping his former party PDP for the ruling APC which he initially received knocks from his Journalists colleagues was his desire for the people to witness transformation and even development across the state.
He lamented at the gory state of development across the Kogi East where previous governors hailed from who could not translate the stewardship to better the lives of the people but rewarded them with abject poverty adding that in less than four years in office the government of Yahaya Bello has rescued the zone by providing infrastructural development to the people.
The Senator and former President of the Nigerian Union of Journalists disclosed that he was a vocal advocate of powershift, but had to change his stand in 2011 when he toured the nine LGAs in the East and sorrowfully discovered that there was nothing near modernity in the area.
“I used to be a strong exponent of power-shift from the East to the West and Central. I have to change all the struggles when I toured the entire Igala Kingdom and I discovered that there was nothing nearer to modernity in the zone. There was no electricity, pipe borne water even when they are surrounded by streams and rivers, dilapidated schools and no modern houses, except shanties and mud houses.
“And I said why leaders should be wicked to their people. With huge government resources at their disposal, they could not bring social amenities to their fatherland rather they took joy to freight our common patrimony to another states where they think their selfish investments would not be identified.
“ Based on the comments of Engineer Wada that both the West and Central votes are insignificant to his winning the election, which means that people of these descents are inconsequential, therefore I urged his running mate Sam Aro and the DG campaign council Representatives Tajudeen Yusuf for the mark of respect for their people to resign their positions.”
“ We in the APC need not to join issues as the total transformation of the state by Governor Bello and his ruling APC has already endeared him to the very fabrics of the hearts and souls of Kogi people who are asking for early arrival of November 16, to give the PDP and Engineer Wada a technical knock out.” He assured.
While calling on the state to compare the three years and half reign of Yahaya Bello to the PDP ‘s 16 years which he concluded to be incomparable, said Bello has made the state the peace haven of Nigeria where people sleeps with their eyes closed.
He was quick to point out the over all benefits of Ejiba Rice mill which is assumed to be the biggest in the northern Nigeria and the over 150 capital projects ongoing across the state, stressing that a vote for Bello is a vote for sustainable development.