#Nasarawa2015: My governorship ambition not a do-or die affair — Ex-Deputy Governor

Nasarawa State

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.


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  • Muh’d Jauro Liya

    I am privileged to have known Maj-Gen Sarkin Yaki
    Bello since our youthful days as cadets in the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA)
    Kaduna. Hence posterity will judge me if I fail to comment on Maj-Gen Sarkin
    Yaki Bello (Kebbi State PDP Governorship Aspirant), a Man I had known as far
    back as 1977. For the past 37years now, we have never lost track of each other
    so also most of our course mates. Maj-Gen Sarkin Yaki Bello has been a
    naturally born leader. He exhibited leadership qualities in all aspect of our military
    and academics training, while in the Nigerian Defence Academy(NDA) Kaduna. For
    his outstanding qualities, Sarkin Yaki was made an appointment as junior under
    officer (JUO).

    The man Sarkin Yaki Bello, an Officer and a
    Gentleman, also a Barrister of Law, is highly a de-tribalised and patriotic
    Nigerian of the highest order. A versatile personality and humility. A military
    diplomat and a strategist of an international repute.

    His wide range of exposure and experience over the
    years with world leaders and global powers in the cause and processes of world
    peace and security has in no small measure broadened and consolidated his
    leadership qualities beyond the military horizon. Such qualities if allowed to
    bear on the entire developmental processes of Kebbi, a young state, will Insha
    Allah lift Kebbi State to an Enviable position within the contemporary world.

    This illustrious son of Kebbian extraction, while on
    national and international assignments had left a remarkable footprint that was
    equal to none. His record of performance as Defence Attachee in Washington DC
    USA, had in no small measure repositioned Nigeria’s image on the global map,
    very high.

    The successes and achievements of Niger Delta Militant’s
    Amnesty program of Late President Umar Musa Yar’adu was attributed to the
    experience, effective and competent leadership of Maj-Gen Sarkin Yaki Bello as
    Joint Task Force Commander (JTF) in the Niger Delta region, which earned him (Sarkin
    Yaki Bello) the National Award of the officer of the Niger (OON).

    When he was in Enugu as General Officer Commanding
    (GOC) the menance of kidnapping and armed robbery became an issue of the past.

    Right from our youthful days in the Nigerian Defense
    Academy and much later in life, most of our course mates rally around Sarkin
    Yaki Bello as a peace maker and a power broker(a king maker, whose standard and
    yardstick is not second to the best) that could be seen when he was made the
    chairman of a board that was shouldered with the responsibilities of promoting
    highly senior military officers(Brigadier-Generals to Major-Generals) amongst
    whom were his course mates at the Defence Academy. He was always very sympathetic
    and a generous man to a fault, but firm and trusted.

    Though he has travelled wide and far, and finding
    home everywhere he went, Sarkin Yaki Bello has never detached himself from
    home. Till today he maintains and relate very well with his childhood friends.
    As you prepare for the primaries and eventual 2015 governorship general
    election in Kebbi state, the sky is not going to be your limit but a starting
    point (Insha Allah).

    MUH’D JAURO LIYA.

  • Iskacountryman

    she would not come…buhari does not grant bail…