A political activist in Nasarawa state, Andy Neko, has said that it would be political suicide for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to field the former Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, as its candidate for the 2015 governorship election in the state.
Speaking to journalists in Lafia, the state capital, Mr. Neto said Mr. Maku’s negligence was behind the failure of the PDP in the 2011 general elections.
Mr. Neto said Mr. Maku has never been a political material but a disappointment to the people.
He said that it is unfortunate that the former minister went against the decision of the Eggon elders to express interest in the governorship race.
Mr. Neto, warned that the PDP in the state would suffer another defeat in the 2015 general election if Mr. Maku was
given the party’s ticket to fly.
Mr. Neto advised Mr. Maku to respect the decision of his elders by joining forces with Solomon Ewuga to salvage the people from the shackles of poverty and underdevelopment.
“We must look at the issue of governance over and above personal interest. Our elders had unanimously endorsed Solomon Ewuga for the governorship race and I see no reason why Maku should challenge that decision if he is truly not working for his personal interest.”
But Mr. Maku’s state campaign secretary, Ibrahim Bakyano, dismissed the insinuations saying that Mr. Maku is the candidate to beat.
He said Mr. Maku has a good track record and that he remains the only candidate capable of salvaging the state.