By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Fresh information emerging from Kogi State has it that candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Kogi East Senatorial District for the 2019 elections, Mr Attai Aidoko, has made a desperate move to retain his seat at the National Assembly.
This followed the discouraging body languages of majority of the divisional party chairmen whom he appreciated for enhancing the impunity that offered him the contentious senatorial ticket of the party.
It was gathered that the lawmaker has resorted to constituting a group of nine wise men purportedly to checkmate what he refers to as “distrust and anti-party activities” of some party members.
At a meeting which held in Lokoja and had Timothy Omora, Ndah Paddy, Hon Igagwu, Hon Abdulkarim, Hon Ohiemi, Elder Okwuoche and Hon MM Oseni representing Ankpa, Dekina, Ofu, Bassa, Olamaboro, Ibaji and Igalamela respectively, Mr Aidoko apologized for his dismal performance in the past 16 years.
He, however, promised to do better this time around if elected, professing the benefits of returning as a “ranking senator” with a possibility of becoming the next senate president and the huge benefits accruable to the Igala people therefrom.
One of those who attended the meeting and who spoke conditionally laughed the senator off as a “mega joke” whom they only see during election periods adding that “the next election is not about any party but about the entire Igala nation and like Saul in the Bible, God has left him.”
It was said that the group of nine wise men was charged with the task of cascading down to the wards and units to drum support for Aidoko with messages along two lines. One, a vote for Atiku and Aidoko and two, push APC out at all cost but through the PDP platform.
Before the Lokoja meeting, Mr Aidoko had held several meetings in Abuja with group after group and person and after person all in a bid to obtain their sympathy and support. Unfortunately, what is said after such meetings implies that his interventions are not making any impact.
Even more, the message Senator Aidoko and his cohorts do not seem to get is that the Igala/Bassa people are saying “our mumu don do” and that political parties are merely a vehicle. Whether or not Aidoko would have his way on this occasion is left to be seen and February 16, 2019 is the date.
Before then, the politically orphaned senator is willing and available to be adopted by just anyone who is willing to listen to his stories.
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