Leadership (Abuja)

Nigeria: 2015 - It's Time to Begin Campaign - Gov Wada

President Goodluck Jonathan's no 2015 campaign order to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stalwarts was ignored by the Kogi State governor, Captain Idris Wada, yesterday, as the governor gave matching orders to the North Central zone of the party to kick-start plan for the 2015 general election.

The President had earlier instructed PDP members to keep 2015 politics in abeyance as it would distract elected political office holders in the performance of their duties.

However, addressing the North Central executive committee of the PDP in Abuja yesterday, Governor Wada said it was time to start talking about 2015 as the time was ripe and appropriate.

Wada said to ask that the PDP not campaign was wrong as opposition political parties had already begun ganging up to dislodge the PDP through various machinations as 2015 approached.

He said: "Opposition wants to destabilize us but the mantle is with us now and we have to work harder."

Canvassing support for the 3R agenda of the National Chairman, Bamanga Tukur, Governor Wada also commended the founding fathers of the PDP for making the party the behemoth it was, urging the National Working Committee and leaders of the party to continue to work hard to keep it more virile.

"I have continued to support the leadership of PDP in Kogi because without the party we will not be occupying the positions we are occupying today," Wada said.

Debunking Wada's comments, however, national publicity secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, countered the directives of Governor Wada and urged its member to stay away from the politics of 2015 for now.

Chief Metuh told newsmen that he believed the Kogi governor must have been misquoted as his directive was in direct breach of the party's position.

"I believe Kogi governor must have been misquoted because it is clearly against the directives of the President who is the leader of the party. It is clearly against the directive of the national chairman of the party.

"The National Executive Committee has taken a decisive direction on this matter. Our decision is that we will focus on achieving results, on performing our duties, on delivering on the mandate, on the promises we made to the electorates and this is the directive that the national chairman has given to all elected and appointed representatives of the party.

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