The governor is also accused of illegally allocating land to his family.
By Muhammed Ahmad
The Nasarawa State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has alleged that the state governor, Umaru Almakura, has forcefully grabbed 150 hectares of land belonging to villagers along Karu–Panda road and given it to the former Federal Capital Territory Minister, Nasir El-Rufai, as bribe to enable him secure the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress, APC, when the time comes.
Addressing a press conference in Lafia, the state chairman of the PDP, Yunana Iliya, said that the alleged move by Mr. Almakura is unacceptable to the people of the state.
Mr. Iliya also accused the state governor of plans to sell the inherited asset from Plateau State to the members of his immediate family; a move he said would be resisted.
“The decision of governor Umaru Tanko Almakura to sell the state government asset inherited from Plateau State as a share of asset to the state to his in-laws in Jos especially the guest house on Ibrahim Taiwo road will be resisted as those properties are the inheritance of the people of the state who would decide what to do with it and not an individual,” the PDP chairman said.
He added that over N285 million accumulated from 19 months union dues belonging to the state union of local government employees has developed wings in the state ministry of local government affairs. He claimed the state government has refused to release the money following a legal tussle over the leadership of the union.
The PDP chairman also accused the CPC led government in the state of plans to create another crisis by embarking on a soil test on farms at Angwan Azara and Kwandere in Lafia Local Government for the proposed airport. He noted that such an action can trigger crisis between the farmers and the engineers conducting the tests and therefore, portray the state in bad light. He urged the governor to suspend the soil test to allow farmers harvest their crops so as to avoid another breakdown of law and order.
When contacted, the Director of Press to the governor, Illyasu Yakubu, dismissed the allegation as mischievous and unfounded, saying that Mr. Almakura has never nursed any presidential ambition. He added that Messrs Almakura and El-Rufai have known each other for a long time.
“Almakura only seeks the professional advice of El-Rufai for the success of the land reform embarked upon by the state government under the Nasarawa Geographic Information, NAGIS, project having carried out the same reform while FCT minister,” he said.