Kogi governor, Wada, attends first meeting with President, governors

Kogi Governor, Idris Wada

Wada attends first govornors’ meeting

The embattled governor of Kogi State, Idris Wada, has attended his first official meeting with the president and other governors of his party.

The closed-door meeting, chaired by President Goodluck Jonathan, held in the First Lady’s Wing of the Presidential Villa, State House. 

It was attended by governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and acting governors of Sokoto, Cross River, Adamawa and Bayelsa States.

The reason for the meeting was not disclosed but Premium Times learnt that the recent Supreme Court judgement sacking five PDP state governors and strategies to keep those states were discussed. 

Mr. Wada arrived the meeting late but was warmly admitted, according to sources.

He later told reporters after the meeting that the controversy surrounding his oath-taking as Kogi governor had been resolved and  he was now fully in charge of the state’s affairs.

“The situation is under control,” he said. “The party leadership, the Presidency have made a decision. I am the elected governor of Kogi state by God’s grace.” 

He said he will run an “inclusive government” and looks forward to bringing those aggrived by his succession closer, to placate them.

“The state belongs to all of us. The state is bigger than all of us. We have a lot of work to do and I just want to get on with it,” he added.

The meeting was also attended by Vice President Namadi Sambo, who played a key role in the enthronement of Mr. Wada as Kogi governor.

The Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Ayim Pius Ayim, acting National Chairman of the PDP, Abubakar Baraje, and a few other party officials attended the meeting too.

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