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KOGI 2016 Gov Election: The Internal Wrangling Among IGALA Aspirants. Sule Isa Akagwu (Kpaleko).

KOGI 2016 Gov Election: The Internal Wrangling Among IGALA Aspirants... The following personalities from Kogi East as usual want to occupy the Lugard House come 2016, in the context of this write up, their antecedents were carefully studied along their education backgrounds for proper and objective analysis to avoid any form of political error, mistakes and prejudice against anyone as the battle is getting nearer.
 1) CAPTAIN IDRIS ICHALLA WADA (Executive Governor of the State) Born on the 26th August,1950 in Dekina, Kogi State, he is a Pilot & Aviation Consultant by profession. He started his education at Government Secondary School, Dekina 1963-1968 Then he was Games Prefect, went to Federal Government College, Sokoto1969-1970. He enrolled into Nigerian Civil Aviation Training Centre, Zaria between1970-1972 then Air Services Training College, Perth, Scotland in 1972-1973. Burnside-Ott Aviation College, Opa-Locka Airport 1973 Miami, Florida, USA. Air Services Training Centre, Perth, Scotland1976 7. Nigeria Airways Training Centre, Ikeja, Lagos,Nigeria 1978. Boeing Flight Training Centre, Seattle, USA 1979. Boeing 727 Conversion training programme. Boeing 737 Aircraft Type Rating conversion training at Varig Airlines Flight Training Centre, Rio de Janeiro Brazil 1980. 

American Airlines Flight training Centre, Dallas, Texas, USA - Boeing 707 Conversion training 1984. United Airlines Flight training Centre, Denver, Colorado, USA - DC 8 Conversion training 1987. Flight Safety International Training Academy, Wilmington, Delaware, USA 1993. European Aviation Flight Training Centre, Bournemouth, UK1999. Dornier Flight Training Centre, Kaduna, Nigeria 2002. Captain Wada attended University of Abuja, Nigeria 1999-2004, University of Abuja, Nigeria 2004-2006 . He has worked with the following companies; Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Zaria. Nigeria Airways Ltd. United Air Service. Executive Aviation Services Nig Ltd. EAS Cargo Airlines Ltd (UK). EAS Airlines Ltd. NICON Airways Ltd. AEROCONSULT Ltd. FEDERAL COLLEGE OF EDUCATION (TECH) POTISKUM, YOBE STATE He was elected as executive governor of Kogi State 2012. In his stewardship as published by SPLENDOUR captain Wada has reconstructed and refurbished several dilapidated schools across the state, his transformation agenda speak volumes ranging from road construction to portable water and health system. The rice revolution is catching on fast and the state is rated among the leading rice production states in Nigeria. Allo, near Itobe, a wind of industrialisation is blowing to change the economic outlook of the state. The Staple Crop Processing Zone has been attracted to Alape in Kabba/Bunu Local Government Area of the State by the governor. Sundry Small Scale Cassava Processing Centres have been built across the state to encourage smaller farmers. His tenure has brought peace across the length and breadth of the state. Establishment of Kogi State University Teaching Hospital is among the achievements of Captain Wada. As it is, his teaming supporters and loyal party men are clamouring for his continuity come 2016 in other to consolidate on his transformation agenda under People Democratic Party (PDP).
 2) PRINCE ABUBAKAR AUDU (ex- Governor of the State) N.A Junior Primary School, Alloma; N.A Primary School, Ankpa. Dennis Memorial Grammar School, Onitsha. Jos Commercial College, Jos where he obtained both the GCE ordinary level and Advanced Level Certificate, 1975. He proceeded to London to read Banking/Finance. He spent over 25 years with First Bank Plc, formerly Standard Bank of Nigeria. During this period he served in various capacities at management level. It is on record that he was the first black Training Officer of the bank and one of the black Senior Management staff of the Standard Chartered Bank in London andd New York. He was appointed Commissioner for Finance and Economic Planning in the old Benue State in 1986 and he served under 4 Military Governors, in the capacity of three and a half years. The construction of Ejule, Alloma-Otukpa road is one of the very legacies Prince Audu left behind dduring his ture as Commissioner. He went back to first bank as Assistant General Manager. The climax of his career in the banking industry is his appointment to the enviable position of Executive Director of FSB International Plc. He has his first electoral victory in December 1991, when he won the governorship election of Kogi State under the auspices of the defunct National Republic Convention (NRC), during his short-lived tenure as governor of Kogi State he made giant strides in virtually all-human endeavours. The Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, the FM and AM Radio Stations, Low Cost Housing, Township and Intertownship roads, portable water as well as rural electrication are all hallmarks of his 22 months administration. He was given another chance in same capacity in 1999 perhaps to complete the development process of the state which earned him both local and international recognition. The establishment of a state owned University is one of the greatest legacies he bequeathed to his people while serving as governor. Kogi State witnessed rapid development under the charismatic leadership of Prince Audu. It's adjudged that Kogi State indigenes are clamouring for him to re-occupy the Lugard House come 2016. He is a stakeholder of All Progressives Congress (APC)
3) ALHAJI JIBRIN ISAH ECHOCHO (Banker) Born in a sleepy rural community of Ajiolo -Ojaji in Dekina Local Government of Kogi State to the family of the late Mallam Isah on 28th February, 1960. He attended the LGEA primary School Ajiolo -Ojaji, he proceeded to our Lady of school, Anyigba for his secondary education, and subsequently to the Bayero University Kano (BUK) to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Economics, followed by Masters in Economics, with specialisation in Capital Market from University of Lagos. M.Phil in Petroleum and Energy, obtained from the University of Ibadan and Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Nigeria Nsukka. In addition, a Ph.D in Economics at Rushmore University, in the United States of America. Humility personified, Jibrin Isah's personal carriage and disposition conceal his level of intelligence and academic prowess consistent in his educational career. For instance, Jibrin came top of his class at the Bayero University (BUK), Kano where he graduated with First Class Honour and obtained a Division One on the West Africa School Certificate Examination earlier in 1977 from our Lady of School was not a fluke. He was the Executive Director in charge of treasury and Financial Institutions, Public Sector /Transaction services, and Corporate Support, Afribank, he is an Economist and a Chartered Stockbroker, with over 20 years of fulfilling banking career. He started his banking career at this he then Chase Merchant Bank Plc, in 1988 as an Analyst , where he handled various transactions including equipment leasing, project finance, trade finance and capital market activities. He later joined the then Afribank International Limited (Merchant Bankers) in 1991 as the Pioneer Head of Capital Market group while there he participated actively in the privatisation exercise of the Federal Government, carried out restructuring of various corporate bodies, and IPOs for some prime names. In 1998, he was seconded to AIL Securities Limited as the pioneer Managing Director/Chief Executive, within two years of existence, AIL Security Limited attained a leadership rolein the Nigerian Stock Market and has remained a household name in the Nigerian Capital Market. He will fondly be remembered for his tremendous contribution in the consolidation exercise of Afribank. Over the years, he has worked tirelessly to redeem Igalaland from marginalisation and oppression. He is a man with lion heart who despite opposition and pressure has continued to contribute to his community. He is an ardent supporter of good governance, his fans and political supporters have been clamouring for his aspirations for Kogi Governorship in other to redress the wrong of his political mandate even on another political platform if the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) refuse him their mandate.
4) SEN NICHOLAS YAHAYA UGBANE (Banker/Administrator) Born 23rd December, 1953 at Egume Kogi State. He started his early education from Local Government Education, Authority School Egume. Government Secondary School Okene. Government Secondary School, Dekina. Institute of Administration, ABU Zaria. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Sen Ugbane has spent 19 years in the banking sector started from National Manpower Board, Kano. North Brewery Ltd, Kano. First Bank of Nigeria Plc, Zaria. Supervisor, First Bank Plc, Kano. Executive Assistant, Nigeria Merchant bank Ltd, Lagos. Financial Analyst, International Merchant Bank Plc, Lagos. Senior Relief Manager, Senior Area Advances Manager, General manager's Assistant, Union Bank. Divisional Head, Eko International bank of Nigeria, Executive Director (Operations) Lobi Bank of Nigeria Ltd, Makurdi. Managing Director, Republic Bank Limited, Lagos, 1993- 1994 then resigned voluntary. Political Records; senator elect (UNCP) 1998. Honourable Commissioner of Education, Youth and Sports, Commerce, Industry and Solid Minerals, Agricultural and Natural Resources. Chairman, Board of Directors, Kogi Savings and Loans, Lokoja. Position Held in the 5th Senate Committees; Chairman, Senate Committee on INEC, Vice Chairman, Senate Services Committee, Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream), Chairman, Senate Sub Committee (INEC) 2003. POSITION HELD IN THE 6th SENATE COMMITTEES Chairman, Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy. Member of the underlisted committees, PAN African Parliament. Representing the North Central in the Committee for the Review of the 1999 Constitution. Planning Committee on 52nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference. Committee on Aviation. Niger Delta. Public Account and INEC. Based on his antecedents and tracks records, his political supporters believe that his vast experience is highly needed in other to salvage the state. Currently, he is a member of ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS (APC) and a governorship aspirant on the platform.
5) BARR OCHOLI JAMES ENOJO SAN (LAWYER) Born 26th November, 1960, Abocho, Biraidu, Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State. Started his early education with Local Government Education Authority Primary School Oguma, Ochaja Secondary School, Ochaja, School of Basic Studies, Ugbokolo. University of Jos. Nigeria Law School. Barrister Ocholi work as Pupil Counsel, Richard Efa and Co, Calabar. DD Abutu and Co. Speaker House of Parliament, University of Jos, Secretary General,Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) Kogi State. Member, Steering Committee, Family Support Programme, Kogi State. Member/Secretary, Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Inter Ethnic clashes at Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja. National Director, Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International. Principal Partner and Head of Chambers, Ocholi James and Associates. In his efforts to contribute his quota for the development of the state, he has contested twice for the governorship of Kogi State and he is battle ready to do same come 2016. Indeed, he is a strong man in All Progressives Congress (APC).
6) SEN DR ALEX USMAN KADIRI(Administrator) Born 21st June, 1942 in Odu Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State. He started his education from L.E.A School Odu, Q.I.M School Aloma, L.E.A School Dekina. Provisional Secondary School, Okene. Government Secondary School, Maiduguri. University of Ibadan. University of Leeds, England. University of Heidelberg, Germany. Working experience ; Currency Clark, CBN Kaduna, Assistant Lecturer, University of Benin, Graduate Demonstrator (P.G Student), University of Leeds, Assistant Director of Planning/ Acting Director, National Universities Commission, Lagos. Commissioner for Health, works, Transport, Housing, Lands/Survey Benue State. Foundation Director Research and Postgraduate Development, later Director of Administration, National Universities Commission, Lagos. Director General /Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Abuja. Executive Chairman, Xela Nigeria Ltd. Leader and Gobernotaorial Aspirant of the Defunt Congress for National Consensus (CNC)in Kogi State. Senator, Federal Republic of Nigeria (APP) Chairman, Senate Committee on Education and member committee on Petroleum, Army and Defence, Steel Metallurgy, Ethics Privileges and Petitions, Women Affairs and Youth Development, Inter Parliamentary Affairs, ECOWAS Parliament, Foreign Affairs, Cooperation, Defence and Security, African Parliament union, International Parliament Union, ad-hoc committee on Kaduna Religious /Ethnic Disturbances and Chairman, Odu Community Bank, member, Executive Committee ASUU, Management Committee NUC, Governing Council, ITF, Federal Scholarship Advisory Board. Board of JAMB, Governing Council Ondo State University, Ado-Ekiti, Foundation Chairman, Kogi State Polytechnic, Secretary, Federal Government Committee on the Establishment of the University of Abuja. National Chairman, Senators Forum, Chairman, Presidential Visitation Panel into Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is one of the heavy weight of All Progressives Congress and his supporters have been persuading him to declare his ambition for Kogi 2016 governorship race. Stay tune for more...
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