Ahead of the January 27 inauguration of an All Progressives Congress, APC-led administration in Kogi State, Senator Smart Adeyemi has been wooed to dump the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and team-up with the incoming administration in the state.
Adeyemi, a former National President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, is one of the strong pillars of the PDP in Kogi State, who represented Kogi West Central Senatorial District between 2007 and 2015 on the platform of the party.
The PDP candidate in the state and incumbent Governor, Capt. Idris Wada, lost his bid to be re-elected for a second term in office and will pave way for the administration of Alhaji Yahaya Bello of the APC come January 27.
It would be recalled that prior to the November 21 governorship election in Kogi, most of the former senator’s supporters and core loyalists defected to the APC, fueling speculations that he was going to dump the PDP, but he did not.
Determined to see Mr. Adeyemi continue to play a major role in the politics of the state, the Kogi West Progressive Group, a political pressure group in the Western Senatorial District of Kogi State, called on him to join the APC.
The group made the declaration in a communiqué issued at the end of a meeting in Iyara, Kogi State yesterday.
The communiqué, endorsed by the group’s leaders, including Hon. JM Omonuwa, Chief Ayo Olorunjuwon, Alhaji Ibrahim Adoba, Hon. Sadi Uba Inuwa and Alhaji Halilu Idris among others, said they had become logical in the light of the intrigues in the PDP against Adeyemi’s style of progressive politics.
“The group noted that Senator Adeyemi’s loss in the last Senatorial election would appear to be with the connivance of some party, PDP, elite (including the establishment) with the opposition. His loss at the Tribunal was intriguing; re-runs were ordered in similar cases in the state Central and Eastern Senatorial Districts, but Senator Adeyemi’s case was turned down. The group believes that he has won in God and people’s court”, the communiqué read.