Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
All is now set for the conduct of Kogi State Chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary.
At least no fewer that 13 aspirants who are jostling to occupy Lugard House in Lokoja have purchased intent and nomination forms for the contest .
Earlier in the day 7 out of the 13 aspirants have step down , indicating that only 6 aspirants will slog it out at venues of the gubernatorial primary ,the Lokoja Confluence Stadium .
Few hours to the commencement of the Kogi state Peoples Democratic party governorship primaries, seven of the notable aspirants have steeped down for Capt. Idris Wada.
At a press conference in the early hours of today, Alh Sule Iyaji, Arch. Gabriel Aduku, and Robert Audu, said the intentions of the aspirants to step down for Capt. Wada was based on his experience.
The spokesman of the elder statesmen, Gabriel Aduku, stated further that the state having gone through myriad of challenge, thus the need to bring on board a man with capacity and experience, described Capt. Wada as the best choice.
Aduku urged all the delegates of the stepped down their aspiration to vote for Capt Idris Wada assuring that he has what it takes to bail the state from it precarious situation.
The Elder statesmen said their decision to intervene now was to allow for unity, and a rancor free primaries led to the inputs of Kogi East Elders forum, lamented the number of aspirants from the East, pointed out that knowledge and comportment to lead, was factors considered in pruning down the aspirants.
He noted that all the aspirants were eminently qualified to be governors, but said after painstaking screened the aspirants, arrived at a conclusion to choose quality, resolved that all the aspirants collapse their structures for the aspiration of Capt Idris Wada, pointed out that seven of the aspirants saw reasons to step down.
Those he mentioned to have stepped down include; AVM Salihu Atawodi, Dr Victor Adoji, Mohammed Shaibu Tettes, Emmanuel Omebije, and Grace Adejoh.
Aduku disclosed that another term for Capt Idris Wada to complete the good works he started in his first term, thanked the aspirants for their decision and understanding to make sacrifices in the interest of the state.