A Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] aspirant in Nasarawa State, Mike Abdul, on Thursday said his governorship ambition was not a matter of “war” but in the interest of the people of the state.
Mr. Abdul stated this when Migili youths from the state visited him at his hometown, Akwanga.
“I’m hungry for the development of my state and it is this drive that is motivating me to run in the forthcoming governorship election,” he said.
He advised other aspirants in the contest not to see the race as a do-or-die affair. He said power came from God, who gave it to whom he wished.
“Tackling security challenges in the state will top my priorities, considering the security challenges facing some parts of the state,” he said.
Mr. Abdul said no meaningful development could be achieved in an atmosphere of rancour, confusion and crisis. He appealed to the people of the state to always shun violence and be their brother’s keeper.
“I will ensure adequate protection of lives and properties if elected as the governor of the state come 2015 in order to ensure speedy development of the state and the country at large,” he said.
Mr.Abdul also promised to give priority to the Agricultural sector for abundant food in the state and Nigeria in general.
“If voted into power, our government will invest in the agriculture sector to reduce the nation’s reliance on revenue from crude oil,” he said. “The state is endowed with abundant land which if adequately exploited for the production of food and cash crops both for domestic consumption and export purposes we can transform the state without waiting for federal allocation. Reviving agricultural sector in the state would make her the major food basket of the nation and is as well capable of reducing unemployment, youth restiveness and crime in the state and indeed Nigeria. It will strengthen the state’s unity in combating crimes, poverty, joblessness and uprising, noting that a hungry man is the devils workshop. Our PDP-led administration in the state if given the mandate come 2015 is determined to empower farmers and make agriculture a revenue-spinner for the state.”
He also pledged to facilitate credit facilities in form of micro-credit to artisans and other self-employed groups to increase entrepreneurial development and growth of small and medium scale enterprises.
The governorship aspirant, who noted that Nasarawa was known as the home of solid minerals, said his administration would articulate plans to reposition the Nasarawa Mineral Development Company, NMDC, to enhance mining activities in the state.
He said that mineral exploration was “a veritable tool for economic transformation” as it would create employment opportunities and diversify the means of income for the state.
“My administration would be poised to serve the people of the state judiciously, through improved health care delivery system, quality education, with a view to enabling the citizens enjoy the much needed dividends of democracy,” Mr. Abdul said.
The chairman, youth wing, Migili Development Association, Lazarus Ezekiel, told the governorship aspirant that his people had decided to throw their weight behind him because of his track records of achievement both as an accomplished banker and a former deputy governor;
“We are sure if the people of the state can give you their mandate, the state would witness the much needed dividends of democracy and it will regain its lost glory,” he said.