Tuesday, July 31, 2018 4:13 pm
By Richard Elesho/ Lokoja
In the face of the current wave of defections across party lines, a former Governor of Kogi state, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris, CON, has charged politicians in the country to minimize selfishness, imbibe party ideologies and play politics of development. Idris made the charge in Abuja while interacting with a group of journalists.
He said the call became imperative in view of recent developments in the nation’s political scene. He noted that since political offices are meant to impact meaningfully on the electorates and bring development to every nook and crannies of the society, public office holders ought to implement political party manifestos religiously.
The former Governor who is also a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, stressed the need for d main opposition party to strengthen it’s structures at all levels ahead of the forth coming general elections. Alhaji Idris welcome the recent defections by some politicians from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC to the PDP, but cautioned that all must be united and stay faithful to the party manifestos. He called on all members to join hands with the party leadership in its determination to achieve overwhelming success in next year’s general polls.
“Politics is a very good game. I disagree with people who say politics is a dirty game. It only becomes dirty when you play it rough. Politics affords the very rare opportunity for people to seat on the round table to discuss group interests, offer healthy suggestions and chart the way forward for meaningful development. Even In our houses we play different levels of politics, because like they say, man is political animal.” Idris opined
Idris emphasized that the country’s constitution guarantees freedom of association to all citizens and urged those in authority to avoid vindictiveness and political persecutions. He called on those seeking political offices to eschew politics of bitterness, character assassination and violence but rather work towards making the country great among the comity of nations.
Idris also spoke on the Greater Lokoja Water Scheme. the signature project of his administration and the need for successive administrations not only to sustain, but expand the initiative. He recalled that his administration embarked on the 50million gallons per day capacity project in order to solve the problem of inadequate water supply in the state capital and environs once and for all.
“I was worried. Lokoja is the confluence of two big rivers, Niger and Benue, yet the people had no potable water. I asked God to help me solve the water problem not minding the cost. Considering the lean allocation coming to the state, it was a miracle that God provided the means for that project, which also proves the point that when there is a will, God will always provide the way.. I still feel fulfilled about the project.” Said the former Governor.