Leaders in Niger-east Senatorial district have endorsed Barrister David Umaru of the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) as the replacement for late Dahiru Awaisu Kuta.
Stakeholders from the nine local government areas of the zone trooped to the Minna residence of the 2011 All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) gubernatorial candidate while they appealed to him to contest for the seat as soon as Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declares it vacant to save the situation.
Speakers from all the local government councils, women groups, students, civil societies and politicians urged Umaru to accept Allah’s call saying that “you’re the most credible candidate for the vacant seat created by the death of your elder brother; we are unaware of what you’ve suffered politically in the state, but we are ready to support you as Nigerlites has seen the truth now.”
Chairman of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Dr. Umar Shuaibu, who led some politicians from Suleja local government described Umar as a politician who is always ready to help the people and interact with the ordinary man in the society.
His counterpart, chairman of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Solomon Nyanze, urged Umaru to take the call from the people as a challenge, stressing that the APC chieftain is the most qualified person to fill the gap created by the death of Kuta.
Former Chairman of PDP Councillors in Shiroro Local Government, Alhaji Abdullahi Nagida, said that Umaru should consider the call by people on him to contest, as a call from God for him to serve the people adding that the lawyer cannot turn the people down now.
All those who spoke assured Umaru of their readiness to work for his success at the polls, as they maintained that he has the political capacity to represent the Niger East Zone at the upper chamber of the National Assembly in order to contribute his quota to save the north from total collapse from misrule.
Responding, the lawyer said “when the people call, it is actually God calling”. He said that he could not refuse the people but requested for time to enable him make wider consultation, especially with the elders of the zone.
“With this large crowd cutting across many divides, I have seen hope and I have seen encouragement and commitment, I am greatly humbled by this gathering. I have never been this touched and I will consult our elders”.
“I know what brought you here is not a joke; but we should all stand up to fight the battle together. It is people who can decide, politics is about people and not an individual decision ‘emu jebu’ my strength is in your hands” he stated
It would be recalled that Senator Dahiru Aweisu Kuta passed away early last month making the Niger East Senatorial District seat vacant and by constitutional provision must be filled within three months through a by-election.