Lokoja — The convalescing Governor of Kogi State, Idris Wada, returned to Lokoja, the state capital, Tuesday after spending about 60 days in a hospital in Abuja, following a motor accident, which led to his sustaining varying degrees of injuries and death of his then Aide-de-Camp (ADC).
Arriving Lokoja at about 4.46 p.m., in a long motorcade, accompanied by his wife, his deputy, Yomi Awoniyi, Wada was received at the Jamata bridge end of the Lokoja-Abuja Expressway, by an enthusiastic crowd that had begun to gather as early as 10 a.m.
Addressing the crowd at the gate of the Lugard Hall lodge, in Lokoja, Wada expressed appreciation to the people of the state for their show of support and love towards him and his administration during the period he was convalescing in Abuja.
"I am back on my two feet now, looking forward to work and move forward our state to the next level," he said.
Obviously overwhelmed by the crowd, Wada went on to say: "My own dear people, let me express my deepest and sincere appreciation to God and you people for your prayers. God has indeed heard your prayers. Let me assure you all that I shall dedicate myself totally to the services of the state."
Speaking at the occasion, the chairman of the state branch of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Hassan Sallauh, commended Awoniyi for keeping faith with the governor and the party by holding forth until the governor come back.
He stated that the deputy governor had shown exemplary courage, candour and loyalty by his responsible conduct during the period.
Wada arrived Lokoja Tuesday, after almost two months stay in Abuja, where he was treated for injuries, he sustained in a motor accident involving his convoy on December 28, 2012, along Ajaokuta-Lokoja road.
The governor, who was earlier scheduled to arrive Lokoja on Monday as announced on the state- owned radio, was said to have deferred the trip to yesterday to enable him attend a crucial meeting of the Nigerian Governors' Forum (NGF), which met in Abuja on Monday.