“In Nasarawa State, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has fulfilled all promises in terms of infrastructure development in places like Awe, Doma, Keana, among many other towns. I therefore charge you to vote people who have the feeling of the masses.”
“I want to be Senator because what we have done in the zone for the past eight years is beyond comparism to what past administration had done. Therefore I appeal to you to vote APC to continue with the uneven development in the state”.
“If you observe from 2015 to date, there has been relative peace across the state. If he had not been the president of Nigeria at the moment, Nasarawa State wouldn’t have seen peace; as in the first four years of my administration before the coming of President Buhari, there were crises in every month.”
Those were the words of Governor Umaru Tanko Almakura of Nasarawa State, recently at the official flag off his senatorial campaign in Obi, the headquarters of Obi Local Government Area of the state.
Governor Al-Makura, is contesting for the Nasarawa South senatorial zone seat at the National Assembly, in the forthcoming general elections.
The governor, continued that there are people who represented the southern senatorial zone in the National Assembly for the past twelve years, without any tangible things to show.
Al-Makura, who promised to serve the people of the zone to the best of his ability, if elected as senator, called on the people of the zone to be united and live in peace and harmony irrespective of religious or ethnic group.
Meanwhile Senator George Akume, from Benue State, has rallied support for Governor Al-Makura, among his Tiv kinsmen of Nasarawa State during the flag off campaign in Obi.
According to Akume, who was represented at rally by Mr. Simon Shango, the vote for Àl-Makura to the senate will consolidate on the peaceful atmosphere being enjoyed by the Tiv community of the state.
Preceding the official flag off of the campaign, the governor represented by the state chairman of APC, Mr. Philip Tatari Shekwo, inaugurated his senatorial campaign team.
The governor’s senatorial campaign team is headed by a seasoned politician, who is also the special adviser to the governor on Christian religion matters, Hon David Ogwole Ayewa.
Speaking during the inauguration, the state APC chairman told members of the campaign council to buckle up as the task before them was not a joke, saying they have been saddled with the responsibility of ensuring that the incumbent governor is returned as a senator by February or otherwise, they will be held responsible.
“What is important is that Gov Al-Makura, must come out victorious as a senator base on his loudable achievements as governor of the state, in all sphere of the state’s sectors to continue in another dimension than to remain idle with that vast experience.” Shekwo said.
In an acceptance speech on behalf of members, Director General of the council, David O. Ayewa, promised that they will work assiduously for the victory of not only the governor, but all candidates contesting various elective positions on the platform of the APC in the forthcoming general election in the state.
With the above arrangements, it is obvious that Al-Makura, is ready to take the bulls by the horns to prosecute his senatorial campaign and one cannot also deny the fact that he’s ready to challenge the senate seat in Nasarawa south, currently occupied by Senator Suleiman Adokwe, of PDP.
The long awaited 2019 general election is by the corner, Nigerians will troop out on February 16 for the Presidential and National Assembly election, while the Governorship and State Assembly elections hold on March 2.
Take it or leave it, from 2011 when he took over as governor, Al-makura took his responsibility seriously, some will even say, too seriously. The quest to develop Nasarawa State was the driving force as he set out to put a stop to reigning profligacy and executive lawlessness.
Being reformist in nature, Al-makura would have to step on toes to push forward his vision. He was strict with his finances, shutting off loopholes and conduit pipes exploited by selfish public officials who see their position as gateway to financial freedom.
Coming from a business background, Al-makura quickly ensured that accountability and prudence permeate governance, forcing a hitherto extravagant civil service to prune down its expense sheet. A most remarkable intervention by the Al-makura administration is the sanitization of the finances of government. He came with a vision to cut down on government expenses and to channel scarce resources towards developing critical infrastructure to make the state investment friendly. Gone were the days of extravagance in governance as thrift, prudence and accountability became the hallmark and guiding principles.
The Al-makura administration provided the encouragement for younger persons to take their destinies into their hands. Being the leader that he was, he identified potential leaders and give each responsibility towards making the state better.
Prior to 2011, an unruly gang of youths harassing public officials in Lafia was a common sight. These violent gangs lay siege on top public officials demanding to be settled. It was a gory sight and a situation that could have snowballed into a real security threat.
The creation of the Nasarawa State Youth Empowerment Scheme (NAYES) took these idle youths off the street and to give them a sense of direction, belonging. Instead of venting their misplaced anger, these youths are now dutifully serving the society as vigilantes, traffic marshals, etc.
Al-makura, being human, is far from being perfect. He certainly has his shortcomings. But as a leader deriving power from the mass support by the people of the state, he has given his best to engender a paradigm shift which is now being encapsulated as the mantra of the ruling APC not only within the state but across the federation.
With the election holding next month, it has become not only proper but necessary to consider all the good things Al-makura has done, within the limits of human capacity, to the people of the state, irrespective of tribe or religion, and to reward him.
With the recent inauguration of his campaign committee, Al-makura is now seeking for the people to repose their trust in him, the way they did back in 2011 and for which every right thinking citizen of the state ought to appreciate and be proud of.
The people of Nasarawa South senatorial district comprising of Lafia, Doma, Awe, Keana and Obi local government areas shoulder this onerous responsibility to honour a leader who has done the entire state proud through his sterling stewardship.