By Umar Muhammad Puma
Lawmakers from the House of Representatives and their counterparts in the Borno State House of Assembly in solidarity yesterday picked an expression of interest and nomination forms on behalf of the state Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, as a sole candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to seek re-election.
Leader of the entourage, Senator Ali Ndume and Rep Tahiru Mongunu who led the 22 state lawmakers, council chairmen, party chieftains, women representatives, youths and political office holders to the national secretariat of the APC in Abuja, said there were many individuals and groups scampering to obtain the re-election forms for the governor.
Speaking on why the lawmakers decided to obtain the forms for the governor, Rep Tahiru Mongunu, said as representative of Borno people they were at the party secretariat to express the confidence that Borno people and residents have in the governor.
He said Borno people are very impressed with the excellent performance of the governor in the last three and half years, adding that despite the recent defection fever, majority of the lawmakers both at the state assembly and the National Assembly are still standing behind the governor.
While receiving the forms on behalf of the governor, Senator Ali Ndume told the party national leaders that Borno State is a comfortable state for the APC.
While presenting the forms, the party’s deputy national chairman South, Engr. Segun Oni, said it was a good thing that the lawmakers have come to show solidarity to their governor, saying “one good turn deserves another.”
He said the confidence of the APC has never shaken about the state, saying the party is proud of the governor despite the insurgency challenges in the state.
He assured that APC would continue its dominance in the state, adding that by the time APC get the power at the center in 2015, the issue of insurgency would be a thing of the past.