By Sylvanus Okpe
Former Governor of Kogi State, Capt Idris Wada, has disagreed with the claims that he was voted out of power in 2015 insisting that he was rigged out by the ruling party.
The Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) chieftain stated this during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics in Lagos ahead of the governorship election in the state.
In his words, “I was not voted out. Do you know what happened in that election? We were rigged out and during the tribunal, we got the permission of the tribunal to inspect the ballot papers.
“And we found ballot papers from Edo, from Kano, from Benue in Kogi election under the current electoral plan of INEC. And when we removed those counted, we were leading by 25,000 votes”.
Recall that 4 years ago Capt Wada lost the Kogi state Guber polls to the then governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Audu Abubakar who unfortunately died before being officially announced as the winner of the polls.
It was consequent upon Abubakar’s demise that Yahaya Bello who came second to Abubakar at the APC primaries was used by the ruling party to fill the vacuum.
Wada also claimed he is more popular than Abubakar and that Kogi people have been persuading him to come back saying: “I was more popular or as popular, let me say so with all modesty. People saw what I was doing. Now they are calling for me to come back.”
Wada who also hinted on the fact that he is planning to return to Lugard house to continue with his achievements accused his successor of abandoning some of the projects built by his government in 2015.
“I completed the largest motor park in West Africa. Because of our strategic location, I wanted people coming through to see Lokoja as a pleasant environment and may even consider living in our place.
“We have a very well-equipped vocational training centre as part of our youth development programme. It was commissioned, it’s abandoned now. They are not using it.
He told channels that he had the overwhelming support of the people and is confident of eventual victory at the polls.