Linus Oota , Lafia
Governor Umaru Tanko Al-makura of Nasarawa State has differed to the wisdom of the national Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, to his decision to clear ‘Particular Aspirants’ for the ongoing APC’s primary elections.
The governor expressed his dismay to that effect in a statement signed by his Director General of Communication Strategy and Press Affair, Yakubu Lamai, and issued to journalists, in Lafia, on Wednesday.
The statement read, “Governor Al-Makura and the Nasarawa State APC has differed to the wisdom of the APC party hierarchy in Abuja over its decision to clear particular aspirants for the party’s ongoing primary election.”
“For us in Nasarawa State, the role to provide for President Muhammadu Buhari the kind of implicit support and citizen activism that will sustain the tempo and momentum which the president has already implanted to propel Nigeria to its place of destiny cannot be compromised on the altar of ego or personal ambition.”
The statement continued that “Governor Al-Makura, who is the beacon of inclusive governance, believed that elections are one of the defining events of modern democracies and each election brings with it a responsibility that requires citizens to make a choice between individuals, parties, and policy options.
“The seriousness and responsibility of such a noble task, as what is before APC which is to persuade heterogeneous Nigerian electorate to stand with the patriotic vision of our dear party, requires APC to close ranks in all states of the federation and to be united in every village and electoral ward so that APC can march ahead and face the battle before us as one family,” the statement maintained.
Our correspondent gathered that Governor Al-Makura’s Commissioner for Education, Hon. Tijjani Ahmed, who is contesting against the a former governor of the state, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, has been disqualified by the party making Sen. Adamu the sole candidate for the party in Nasarawa West Senatorial District.