The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa State has described Labaran Maku, immediate past Minister of Information, as “a deceiver”, following the flagging off of his gubernatorial campaign under the platform of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).
The APC Publicity Secretary in the state, Wuduyamba Sam Agidi while responding to statements credited to Maku, fired back at former Minister “for running a regionally and ethnically divisive campaign”.
Maku was reported to have made case for the northern senatorial zone where he came from, to produce the next governor of the state.
“Nasarawa State belongs to all citizens and no ethnic group or religious group should insist on championing a campaign based on the purported right of a particular region to produce the next governor. Who made the arrangement, where was the arrangement made and when were entire people of Nasarawa consulted before some ambitious politicians decided on who will rule and for what duration? As the 2015 elections approach, we should concentrate on the greater good of all and the comments by Maku are just dangerous comments to make–especially, coming from someone who is claiming to be the peacemaker in this election campaign. It just sounds like comments coming from a selfish and ambitious politician that didn’t get his way in his own party and is trying to galvanize perceived ethnic, religious, and regional grievances rather than talking about issues that will better the lives of the people of Nasarawa State,” Agidi stated.
Similarly, former PDP member, Senator John Danboyi has thrown his support behind the APC flag bearer, Governor Umaru Tanko Al-makura, while denouncing a campaign strategy capable of causing divide among the people.
In a chat with journalists yesterday in Lafia, Danboyi said the state never had it as good as under the leadership of Governor Al-makura, urging the electorate to vote the APC candidate in the coming election.
“This is precisely why I decamped to APC. Governor Al-Makura is running a campaign based on the issues facing all people in the state. There is no room for tribal politics in this campaign when the real issues of jobs, development, health, and education face every person every day. These issues to no affect just one group and the Governor’s leadership and progress on these issues is the best the state has ever had in all three senatorial zones. Just look around. Seeing is indeed believing,” he added.