Below are the new looks of the Former Governor of Kogi state His Excellency Idris Wada 5 years after losing the gubernatorial election to the incumbent governor who is no other person than Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello.
Idris Ichalla Wada a native of Dekina LGA was born on the 26th of August 1950 to the family of Alhaji Ejiga Wada and Hajia Rakiya Wada, of Odu in Dekina LGA of Kogi State. Alhaji Ejiga Wada, the father of Idris Wada is a prominent community leader who retired as a jurist, this was after over 30years of service as a judge in different areas of Kogi state. However, his mother late Hajia Rakiya Wada was a loyal housewife, who played a great role in the children upriging instilling morals on them and seeing that their educational career is not cut-off.
Captain Idris Wada began his educational pursuit in the 1950s when he was enrolled into the Dekina primary school where he obtained his first school leaving certificate.. After the completion of his Primary education, in 1963 he gained admission into the popular Government Secondary School (GSS) Dekina for his post primary education. At this tender age Idris had earned himself respect and reputation among the fellow students, this was owing to his level of intelligence, brilliance and the great skills he displayed in sports, this earned him the post of games prefect. After the completion of his WAEC exam Idris was seen running home in flying colours haven scored the best cumulative aggregate of 6 distinctions. This outstanding result earned him a scholarship to study at the Federal Government College, Sokoto where he obtained his Higher School Certificate in 1970.
Having a powerful conviction in his academic prowess, Idris Wada vie to become a medical doctor, this desire of his was backed with his strong determination to alleviate the suffering and hardship meted out to the poor citizens who can not afford medical treatments. But this determination was hampered by God who decreed that, in recognition of Idris' outstanding rendition in the Higher School Certificate examination at the Federal Government College Sokoto, should be awarded an International Civil Aviation scholarship. This development was one accepted and celebrated by him, who in no time began his training at the Nigerian Civil Aviation in 1970.
He remained in Zaria till 1972 when he moved for the next phase of his training at the Air Services Training College, Perth, Scotland. In 1973, he in continuation of his training moved to Burnside-ott Aviation College, Opa-Locka Airport Miami, Florida. It was here that in 1976 Idris Wada received his Air Transport Pilot Licence (ATP), which grant him the opportunity to becoming a full-fledged pilot and instructor.
Captain Wada's numerous aviation qualifications include: Nigerian Airline Transport pilot Licence No. 992, USA/FAA Air Transport Rating NO. 2223411, Qualified Flight Instructor Rating (QFI), British Airline Transport pilot Licence No. 104990, UK Airline Training Captain – Nigeria Certified Flight Examiner – UK, Nigeria – UK Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (QFFI) – USA Aerobatic Instructor Rating.
Idris Wada studied Business Administration.
Understanding the importance of knowledge, Idris Wada refuse to limit himself only to the aviation career, this made him enrolled in the department of Business Administration in the great university of Abuja where he obtained his bachelor of science degree (BSc) in 2004 and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in 2006.
Idris Wada's Working career
In 1973, Idris Wada began his working career at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria, at the age of 23 as he became a Flight Instructor. He joined the now defunct Nigeria Airways in 1973 and there he had attained the rank of “Captain-in-Command” before leaving in the year 1983 and also joined the United Air Service as Chief Pilot and General Manager serving in those capacities till 1985 when he left to establish and nurture Executive Aviation Services (EAS) Nig Ltd. EAS as the brand was known, operated as a cargo airline servicing various destinations across the globe.
On the public service, Captain Idris Wada has served as either chairman or member of several Nigerian Government Aviation Policy Development and Review Committees. He has delivered several lectures and had also presented several papers at Aviation seminars in Nigeria and Diaspora.. Wada is a member of the Institute of Directors (IOD) and Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM). He has been Chairman of the Governing Council of the Federal College of Education (Tech.) Potiskum, Yobe State since 2008.
As the Governor of Kogi state
It was in 2011, after listening to the persistent indulgence of some political scholars who have the controlling share of the nations politics and who are very influential in determining winners of elections in Kogi state, that Capt. Idris Wada, convened a coalition of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and opposition liberals to win the governorship primaries in 2011 with high fraction of the vote. Wada then moved towards the political center to wage his general election campaign which attracted a handful of Kogites who stood by him to see that his ambition saw the debut of the dawn.
Though every leadership is usually faved with a specific problem therefore, Wada's is not any different, only that majority of Kogi state workers till today believed that they had a better time during the reign of His Excellency Idris Ichalla Wada.
However, time flew swiftly and Wada completed a term of four years in the office and was working towards a reelection, when the piercing force of APC shoved over that of PDP in 2015, thereby giving his opponent, Late Audu Abubakar the opportunity to smother his forces.
However, shortly after the election was announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission as inconclusive, Audu Abubakar was announce dead, this development gave Yahaya Bello a runner up at the APC primary election the chance to inherit the votes of the deceased with which he defeated Idris Wada in the conclusive part of the 2015 election.
It is being 5 years after losing Kogi state gubernatorial election to Yahaya Bello see the new looks of Idris Wada in these photos:
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