The re-election bid of former Governor of Nasarawa state, Aliyu Akwe Doma yesterday received a boost when a coalition of his supporters under the aegis of ‘Nasaran Aliyu Akwe 2015’, meaning ‘Victory for Aliyu Akwe 2015’, called him to re-contest for the position of governor.
Addressing the press at the Savannah Hotel, spokesman for the group, Hamisu Abubakar Akiri, said they want Doma to come back “to save the people from poverty and hunger as well as to restore peace for all.”
The group noted that since the creation of the state in 1996, Nasarawa has witnessed various governments, both military and civilian, but the administration of Doma stood out as the regime which recorded the highest level of peace and unity, stressing that peace is the hallmark and most important ingredient for any development.
‘Nasaran Aliyu Akwe 2015’ while describing the former governor as someone who is determined to promote peace, unity, greater happiness and speedy development of the people and state, further maintained that Doma remains an outstanding stakeholder and a worthy ambassador who played a leading role in the overall struggle that led to the creation of the state.
“The success story of Doma’s regime was demonstrated clearly in the way he governed the state and the people with high passion, love and unity devoid of political, tribal or religious sentiments”, the group stated.
The group stated that following the defeat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2011 general election, it has become clear to the people of the state that “Alhaji Aliyu Akwe Doma remains the best administrator the state has ever had, having served in different capacities both within the civil service and in politics.”
Dismissing claims that people from the Northern senatorial zone may not agree to Doma’s candidature, considering that only that zone, out of the three senatorial districts of the state, is yet to produce the governor, Akiri maintained that even though it is the decision of the party to chose where the PDP flag bearer may emerge, “Nasarawa requires a seasoned administrator like Doma.”
The group went on to list Doma’s achievements while he was governor to spread across security, agriculture, education, health, urban renewal and rural development, housing and water supply among others.
“The people of Nasarawa state both young and old have realized that one good turn deserves another and are saying that ‘Baba we want you back to save us from poverty and hunger as well as restore peace for all,’ the group stated.