By Kingsley Kanayo
Talks brokered by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a last minute attempt to resolve the ongoing gubernatorial ticket tussle between Kogi State incumbent Governor, Idris Wada and gubernatorial aspirant Jibrin Isah popularly known as Echocho may have hit the rocks, a source familiar with the matter told BREAKING TIMES on Sunday.
According to the source who spoke to BREAKING TIMES on condition of anonymity, the PDP NWC had made attempts to prevail on Echocho to step down for Idris Wada owing to his less popularity and viability in winning the November 21, 2015 gubernatorial elections but Echocho insisted he needed to contest the primaries.
Inside reports available to BREAKING TIMES on Sunday suggest that Echocho believes strongly in his ability to win the primaries and eventually the governorship race. Already, Echocho has proceeded to constitute a governance cabinet.
A document made available to BREAKING TIMES revealed Senator Smart Adeyemi a former PDP Senator from Ijimu Local Government Area of Kogi State has been tipped as running mate and deputy governor to Echocho should he clinch the PDP ticket and eventually win the governorship race, respectively.
Other members of Echocho’s proposed cabinet include; Phrank Shaibu from Bassa LGA as Commissioner for Information; Ahmed Ogembe from Okene LGA tipped as a Commissioner; Sayidu Oduma from Ankpa LGA tipped for appointment as a Commissioner; Joseph Dada Jimoh from Kabba-Bunu LGA tipped as Commissioner; Onuh Farouk from Dekina LGA to be appointed as Chief of Staff to the Governor; Felix Achile from Dekina LGA as SA MDGs to the Governor and Momoh Abu from Dekina LGA as SA (SUBEB).
The PDP NWC postponed the Kogi State gubernatorial primary from Thursday 10th September to Monday 14th September citing logistics concerns. According to reports, Enugu State Governor, Sullivan Chime will chair the conduct of the PDP Kogi gubernatorial primaries.