The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Kogi state, Engr Musa Wada, said party was ready to reclaim the state from the All Progressives Congress (APC) come the 16th November, 2019, when the governorship election would be held.
Wada, who stated this Sunday, in Abuja, claimed that Kogi traditionally belongs to the PDP, adding that the party was not afraid of power of incumbency.
He called that Kogi traditionally is a PDP state noting that the party had removed incumbent governors and therefore what it would take to kick out the present non-performing APC government. “PDP removed former Governor Prince Abubakar Audu in 2003.’’
On the issue of violence in the state, he said: “No civilised democracy tolerates violence and then I have to hasten to say that nobody has monopoly of violence.
“PDP is a peaceful party. We will not encourage violence, but that is not to say that we will seat and fold our hands when we are being tormented by forces that are undemocratic.
“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 to this election to preach to people about our manifesto, to take away poverty that is now synonymous with our state. It is about issues”, Wada added.
Speaking on Kogi needs change of guard he said: “The issue is that today nothing is working in Kogi; everything is bad, including security.”
Wada advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies to ensure that the election is free, credible and reflect the wish of the people.
Wada dismissed claims that the state workers’ salaries had been fully paid up to August as false.
“I have my relations and brothers and sisters and friends, who have being in civil service in Kogi. As I speak with you, I don’t think any of them have received salary in the last few months.’’