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Published On: Tue, Apr 1st, 2014

Don’t drag the Sultanate into politics, former Sokoto ALGON chair warns

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By Lawrence Olaoye

Former Sokoto state Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Alhaji Bello Usman, has cautioned politicians in the state not to drag the Sultanate not partisan politics.

Bello in a statement made available to newsmen yesterday stated “I would like to draw the attention to general public over some publication credited to some high powerful political elites of Sokoto state on the name of Sultanate Council, that the Sokoto Sultanate Council does not sponsor or mandate anybody to represent the institution into politics.

“As a former Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Sokoto state, Alhaji Bello Usman, let me cautioned politicians in the state, against dragging the Sultanate Council into politics, and clearly inform the people that Senator Ahmed Maccido, does not represent the interest of the Sokoto Caliphate in the National Assembly.

However, there is no iota of truth that the Sultanate Council disowned the Senator representing Sokoto Central in the National Assembly, Alhaji Ahmed Maccido. He is one of us and remains highly respected

Prince of the Caliphate over his contribution toward the development of this revered institution.”

He continued “It is very unfortunate that some politicians hiding under the umbrella of one of the political parties trying to discredited the Sultanate and bring it into disrepute just because of their selfishness and political propaganda, as result of misquotation of what Senator Ahmed Maccido said to media recently.

They were dragging the name of the Sultanate Council into partisan politics, even though Senator Maccido is solely working to meet the yearnings of people in his constituency and Sokoto state in general.”

While cautioning that the Sultanate should not be dragged into politics, Bello stated “Politicians in the state should desist from using the name of the Sultan for their selfish interest because the Sultanate Council is not partisan.

Senator Maccido is solely working to meet the yearnings of the people in Sokoto Central Senatorial District and Sultan as a father to all is not partisan and never allow such to divert his good intention of being father to all”

“We have never requested the Sultanate Council to give us any person to represent it. But when an individual comes from the Sultanate and worked hard in politics, he cannot be denied the right for an ppointment or any public office.

As the scion of the Caliphate, I want made it clear to all that Senator Maccido did not consult the Sultan before taking the decision to remain in the PDP; surely, he was misquoted in the media.”

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