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Kogi ACN blasts Wada over hurried
discharge from hospital
...Advises Jonathan not to be deceived by 'cosmetic smiles'
...As Wada accuses the opposition of ignorance, mischief
Thursday Jan. 03, 2013
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The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Kogi State Chapter,
yesterday described the status of health of Governor Idris Wada
as a mere media propaganda.
The party said the "hurried discharge" from a private hospital in
Abuja was beguiling, knavish" as well as a "clandestine and roguish
tactics" aimed at conscripting his benefactor, former Governor
Ibrahim Idris who has been living in Lugard House since handover
to continue to rule Kogi by proxy.
Ibrahim Idris, the party added, does not want Wada to hand over
power to Yomi Awoniyi his deputy because "he wants to exploit the
situation to continue to be in-charge of the government apparatus
by proxy, more so, that the state government is expecting its share
of the excess crude proceeds for the last quarter of 2012 and he
would not want Awoniyi to be in the picture of what Wada pays to
him monthly as return on investment."
The Special Adviser on Media and Strategy to Governor Wada, Mr.
Jacob Edi, in his reaction accused the ACN of ignorance and
The Kogi State Chairman of the ACN, Alhaji Haddy Ametuo, in the
statement made available to journalists in Abuja said: "It is a shame
that, Mr Wada feels he can fool Kogites and by extension, Nigerians
by claiming to have been discharged from hospital when we have it
on good authority that he was discharged against the advice of his
private physician at the hospital.
"This is reminiscent of the manner he left the University College
Hospital, Ibadan, on the 28th April 1976, where he was being
treated for a case of mental disorder and acute schizophrenia, even
though he was far from well.
"As a party, we have it on good authority that, travel plans have
been concluded to fly Mr Wada out of Nigeria for further treatment
despite sly claims by his new media manager cum private physician,
Dr. Felix Ogedengbe of Cedar Crest Hospitals, Abuja.
"In a modern democracy, there is no need for this level of litany of
lies and deceit.
"One minute, Wada's spokesman will tell Nigerians that Wada ate
three square meals and walked around in clutches 24 hours after
he had the surgery.
"The next minute, the Doctor who suddenly emerged as the new
spokesman for the state government informed Nigerians that it will
take about six months for the fracture to heal.
"Even a medical student knows that, a compound fracture that will
take six months to heal in a twelve year old child, will take as much
as a year and a half to heal in a 72-year-old Wada."
The ACN also advised President Goodluck Jonathan not to be
carried away by the "cosmetic smile" from the ailing governor but
rather should prevail on him to take off time to get well.
Ametuo said: "As a party, we call on President Jonathan not to be
swayed by the cosmetic smile on the face of Wada when he visited
him at Cedar Crest Hospitals.
"Laughter is his trademark! When 72 passengers and crew
perished on Wada's private concern ,the EAS Airline on 4th May,
2002, he laughed.
"When over 17 Nigerians were massacred in the senseless killing at
the Deeper Life Church in Okene, Kogi State on the 6th of August
2012, he wore a bullet-proof vest atop his agbada to see the
survivors and laughed.
"When flood swept over 10,000 Kogites under, Wada laughed.
When he went to condole with the Yakowa's, he laughed. When he
sighted the corpse of his ADC, Idris Mohammed, he laughed.
"So, Mr President, as a product of the rule of law, who watched
helplessly how former President Umaru Yar'Adua's coterie of
advisers enjoyed months of power under an “invisible presidency,”
including a forged signature for the release of supplementary
budget, we urge you to advise our sick 'governor' to transmit power
to his deputy and go for proper treatment instead of wasting tax
payers money on needless propaganda and laughter."
The ACN boss advised Wada to know that his action and inaction at
this critical stage could derail the much desired development of the
He said: "We do not begrudge Wada. We only hate the manner he
took over as 'Governor' on January 30 after the Vice-President of
Nigeria directed the Inspector General of Police to escort him to
Government House, Lokoja.
"We just dislike failure and its progenitors. He should know that the
business of governance is a serious one and not for a man weighed
down by a near-loss of his right leg.
"Wada should know that, the ethnic card being dangled by the
former Governor to prevent him from allowing his deputy, Yomi
Awoniyi, to carry on the business of governance in the state is
antithetical to the developmental yearnings of Kogites after nine
years of waste under Ibrahim Idris."
The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP), Kogi State
Chapter, in a separate statement wondered "why a man who loved
to patronize local hospitals, evaded the National Hospital, Abuja or
the State owned specialist hospital in Lokoja."
"The answer," the CNPP added is "simple! He evaded those
hospitals because his medical records could easily be made
available to those who want to know about the true state of his
health and going by the FOI Act, he thinks his medical records will
be 'safer' in a private establishment."
The Chairman of the Kogi Muslim Elders Forum (KMEF), Alhaji
Ismael Abdulmalik in a similar statement said: "To many Kogites the
health of their 'Governor' is of concern and if the truth can be told,
speculation will end forthwith.
"Everyone should hope and pray for Wada's health and his safe
return to Lokoja , but this culture of secrecy does a disservice to
the state by producing needless uncertainty and instability.
"Mr Wada's scenario is being treated like a state secret with so
many contradicting statements coming from government. It’s time
for democratic leaders to recognize that their voters can handle the
"If Wada believes he is a product of the ballot box, then he should
know that the electorate deserve to be informed of any and all
pertinent information concerning his health while trusting the
strength of the political system under his Deputy, Yomi Awoniyi to
But the Special Adviser on Media and Strategy to the Kogi State
Governor, Jacob Edi, in his reaction said the position of the ACN
was borne out of ignorance and mischief.
Edi said: "Firstly, for ACN to have taken that decision shows how
ignorant they are. The decision to discharge a patient from a
hospital is the decision of the medical expert and not the state
"Secondly, to insinuate that he hurriedly left the hospital to prevent
his deputy governor from taking over is very mischievous, ill
considered, malicious, wicked and thoughtless of them.
" I can confirm that there is no vacuum in the leadership of Kogi
Executive or vacancy and that the deputy governor is very, very
much in touch with his boss.
"So, let the ACN bother about how to form government and not to
waste time in poking their nose into issues of governance and the
government that is not from their political party.
"Now to even complain that Wada was hurriedly discharged shows
that they are inhuman. This is a clear case of an accident which can
happen to anybody. The least we expect from anybody at a time like
this is to sympathize with the victims of the accident.
However, like I said before, we cannot be discouraged or deterred.
We are focussed and we have an agenda and not even the
combined mischievous talent of the ACN can keep us off track.
"We have a mandate with the people of Kogi and that mandate we
are ready and prepared to deliver."