From Babatunde Rahman, Lokoja
Few hours to the commencement of the Kogi state Peoples Democratic party governorship primaries, five of the notable aspirants have stepped down for Capt. Idris Wada.
Addressing 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.
Arch Aduku urged all the delegates of the stepped down aspirants 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.
While noting 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.
Arch Aduku disclosed that it is important for Capt Idris Wada to have another term so as to complete the good works he started in his first term. He also thanked the aspirants for their decision and understanding to make sacrifices in the interest of the state.