From Umar Dankano, Yola
As the 2019 general elections draws nearer, former Governor of Adamawa state, Murtala Nyako, has joined the campaign train by presenting himself as surety and guarantor to his son, who is the governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the state.
Former Governor Nyako’s son, Senator Abdulaziz Nyako, after defecting from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), emerged the flag bearer of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) through a hitch free governorship primaries conducted by the party few months ago where he was returned unopposed by delegates.
Nyako told the mammoth crowd that received his entourage in Toungo Local Government Area at the weekend that his visit was for consultation with stakeholders so that a formidable outing will give his son and the party a huge success in the forthcoming gubernatorial election.
Nyako said he was happy with the reception accorded him and his entourage by stakeholders and people at the grassroots since he commenced the consultation tour of local government areas, describing it as a sign that he had served well and related good with the diverse people of Adamawa.
He explained that he was going round to thank the people for the support accorded him when he served as governor and to urged them to vote for credible candidates with capacity to deliver.
“We need leaders who are just and fair and ever ready to addressing our challenges like poverty and hunger, education for our children and regular salary for our workers”, Nyako said.
State Chairman of the party, Alhaji Yahaya Hamman-Julde, stated that Former Governor Nyako will stand as a guarantor for his son to make sure all campaign promises are fulfilled if given the mandate by the electorate in the state.
Hamman-Julde said the past Nyako administration was popular in the state because of its people oriented programmes that addressed poverty at the grassroots hence the need for people yearning for the return of such government to be given assurance that Sen. Abdul-Azeez when elected would revived the programmes.
Hamman-Julde said most members of ADC, including senator Nyako were aggrieved APC members who worked for the emergence of the present APC government in the state, which he said had failed to continue the programmes.
“Our youths and rural farmers are clamoring for programmes scrapped by PDP when Nyako was impeached, such as Local Apprenticeship Scheme (LAS), Farming Skills Acquisition Centres that boosted farmers production capacity, and many more.
“We mobilized the masses and sacked PDP to put the present Gov. Muhammadu Bindow under APC, who promised to revive the programmes but failed to deliver on that promise.
“Now we are here to apologize for his (Bindow) failure to deliver and to present to you an alternative who we are sure cannot fail you. His father,
the popular Baba Mai-Maimangoro is here with us as guarantor,” Hamman-Julde said.
Also speaking, the chairman of ADC Elders Forum in the state, Alhaji Mijinyawa Kugama and a close ally to former governor Murtala Nyako, lamented their roles in working for Gov. Bindow’s victory, adding that they were confident of Sen. Abdul-Azeez capacity to make a difference if elected.
Many people who spoke at Toungo recalled Nyako’s era with nostalgia and pledged to work for the return of such era.
In a related development, the paramount ruler of Bachama chiefdom, His Royal Highness, Hama Bachama Honest Irmiya Stephen, has lauded the former Governor Murtala Nyako for the projects executed by his administration while in power as governor of the state.
Hama Bachama stated that Nyako is a man with lion heart, especially in assisting the people in whatever situation, noting that himself was a beneficiary as Nyako got him enlisted into the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in March 1974 and through him, he became the Hama Bachama, saying therefore that nothing would ever separate them.