From Yakubu Mustapha,Minna
The former Executive Secretary of Lakpam Development Area and a stalwart of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger state, Shuhu Dabo has drummed up support for Governor Muazu Babangida Aliyu to contest the Niger East Senatorial election in 2015 explaining that the governor is better experienced than the incumbent Senator Dr. Shem Zagbayi in international politics of the country.
Dabo said in an interview in Minna that Aliyu’s experiences as a governor and a former permanent secretary in the federal civil service far out weight those of Senator Zagbayi who got elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the recent bye-election in Niger East Senatorial zone to replace late Senator Dahiru Awaisu Kuta.
He insisted that Zagbayi was only elected to replace and complete the tenure of late Senator Kuta which had nothing to do with 2015 general elections.
He explained that the move to stop Zagbayi in 2015 was not an act of betrayal but the case of a loyal party member who could be given higher responsibility by the party.
Dabo expressed the appreciation of the Shiroro communities to the Niger State government for the construction of bridge across river Kaduna at the lower part of Shiroro dam, adding that the completion of the project has improved the living standard of the people in the area.
“I am an indigene of Shiroro local government and I reside in Erena. I know how terrible it has been with us while crossing the River Kaduna. For over three decades after the construction of the Shiroro dam it has been very terrible for Lakpam people to cross the river, in fact many villagers have died trying to cross the river.
Meanwhile with the construction of the bridge, life has become comfortable for my people. I am thanking the governor and Chief Servant for this kind gesture in responding to the plight of the people”, he said.