Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu of Niger State has asked the three aspirants presently serving in his government but angling for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship ticket for 2015 to reach a consensus among themselves.
The governor, who stated this yesterday at the 1st Niger State Investment Climate Summit in Minna, the state capital, said two of the aspirants have already sent their letters of intent to him while the third one said he is still consulting.
“In order to avoid unnecessary acrimony that will generate bad blood, I am asking all the aspirants to meet and peacefully pick one of them to fly the party’s flag in the 2015 governorship polls”, he said.
He identified his deputy, Alhaji Ahmed Musa Ibeto, Commissioner for Works, Alhaji Mu’azu Bawa and chairman of Wushishi Local Government Council, Alhaji Sa’idu Wushishi, as the aspirants presently serving in his government but who want to contest the election, adding that there are five others also seeking the ticket.
Gov. Aliyu said it has been his prayer for whoever is succeeding him to come from among those that served the present administration, stressing that with a candidate from within, there will be hope of continuity of the good work his government had started.
“My interest in a person from within taking over from me is informed by the need to have somebody that will continue the good works and policies we have put in place”, he added.
The PDP has already zoned the governorship ticket for the state to the North Senatorial District where all the aspirants mentioned by the governor hail from.
PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC
Governor Matawalle who is a governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attributed Mr Umahi’s decamping to “bad blood in the present Peoples Democratic Party.”
Governor Matawalle made this comment in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Zailani Bappa, on Friday.
He expressed that he would rather commend Umahi for “his bold decision rather than condemn him because everyone feels welcome only in a house where he feels comfortable.”
You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola
In a congratulatory statement in Osogbo on Friday to mark Oyetola’s second anniversary, the Minister said the Osun governor has weathered the storm of governance effectively.
Aregbesola wrote: “I write to congratulate you on the second anniversary of your administration.
“I look back with pride and nostalgia the hard-fought battle of your election and the continuation of progressive administration in the State of Osun.
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“There have been challenges along the line – the inclement national financial weather, the COVID-19 pandemic and others not so significant. But you have weathered the storm admirably and steadied the ship of state.
“The challenges will no doubt present a new format as you step into the third year. These are heightened political participation, pressure to deliver more dividends of democracy and increased demands from the political system. I have no doubt that you will cope nicely.
“Please continue to make the welfare of the people your biggest concern. They are the reason for the state. Without them there will be no government or any political office to occupy.
“Once again, congratulations, as I wish you a resounding success in office and every aspect of life.
“My kind regards to the good wife, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola and the entire cabinet of the State of Osun.”
Why Fewer Nigerians Are Turning Out To Vote – Yakubu
Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Mahmood Yakubu has stated that the country is experiencing low voter turnout during elections due to failed promises of politicians.
He made this known during his appearance in front of the Senate Committee on INEC for screening for his second tenure.
In the red chambers, when queried for the reason there is always a low turnout of voters during elections, Prof. Yakubu explained that Nigerians no longer trust politicians and are tired of hearing the same promises during electioneering campaigns, so they stay home during elections.
He also explained that the inadequate mobilisation of voters and violence recorded during the electioneering period also contributes to the low turnout of voters.
“Violence or threat of violence, people don’t tend to vote simply for that fear. Some people just stay on the side of caution by staying away instead of risking it by going out to vote.
“Sometimes, the performance of those elected is a very important factor. Some voters will ask ‘why should I go and vote? Because four years earlier some people made the same promise so nothing has changed.’
“It is a shared responsibility that we all have to put our heads together to solve but we will continue to do what is required by the law in the area of voter registration and publicity,” he said.
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