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Published On: Thu, May 22nd, 2014

2015: Don’t sell your votes, Niger gov urges electorates

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From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna

Niger state governor, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, has urged the electorates in the state not to sell their votes or compromise their position because of financial inducement as 2015 general elections draw closer.

Aliyu made this call yesterday in Minna while receiving a delegation from Magama local government on a solidarity visit on the appointment and reappointment of their sons and daughters into the state executive council.

He alleged that some members of the opposition political parties in the state have been going round the various constituencies to buy the votes of the voters.

He stated that if they succumb to such antics, they would be compromising the future of their children and development of the state.

The governor noted that Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state will not embark on the illegal act of inducing voters or buying their votes adding that the performance of the party is enough to endear it to the electorates in 2015.

Aliyu said the administration will continue to judiciously use all the financial resources available to the state to better the lot of the people instead of embarking on the unconstitutional act of buying peoples minds.

According to him, no government has been able to perform as much as his administration in the 7 years it has been in the saddle even as he asserted that the dividends of democracy to the people could be seen everywhere.

He expressed satisfaction that the administration has been able to ensure peaceful coexistence among the diverse communities resident in the state which he said accounted for lack of unrest or religious disturbance in any part of the state even bettye governor urged the people to be more security conscious and report people with suspicious motives to the authorities.

He repeated his prayer that someone from within his cabinet should succeed him in 2015 so that the laudable programmes he started could be continued.

Aliyu therefore asked the PDP members in Zone where the governorship has been zoned to work together so as to present a formidable candidate that will not only win the primaries but the election proper.

Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Alhaji Dauda Umar had expressed gratitude to the governor for always considering the local government in the choice of commissioners and Special Advisers.

Among those from the local government area in the governor’s cabinet are the Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr Joshua Bawa and the Chief of Staff to the governor, Alhaji Umar Nasko.


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