From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
Governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Niger state and former Chief of Staff Government House, Alhaji Umar Nasko yesterday declared to run an all inclusive government when voted into power come 2015 general elections.
Nasko said this during his formal declaration at the Bako kotangora stadium in Minna, adding that his young age cannot be an obstacle but a reawakening to youths in the state to take advantage of their opportunity to serve the people.
He said “I declare for the intent to be the next Governor of Niger state under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) come 2015. I pledge to run an all inclusive government and I will not let you down.
“The time has come for the youth in Niger to stand up and take responsibility. We can achieve a lot with your unflinching support. In a country where life expectancy is put to be less than 50 years, a 40 year old could not be too young to serve in the exotic office of the state Governor.
“What is important in this journey, is not the age of the contestant, but the quality of the age, and how the individual feels about the age, it lies on the state of mind of the individual.
“That is why, the 30 year old with the right exposure and experience can achieve more than some 70 year old. That is not to diminish the value of old age, but only to understand to give the young chance to partake in the affairs of the state.
He added that “if given the ticket, we shall carry everybody along and consolidate on the giant strides of Governor Babangida Aliyu, in ensuring we are among the top three most developed states in the country.
Niger state Governor, Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, at the event urged peoples of the state to support the candidature of Umar Nasko, saying he is a resilient and courageous young man who means well for the people.
Governor Aliyu, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Saidu Idris Ndako Kpaki, said “I tell this mammoth crowd that the foundation of the Vision 2020 will be sustained because Nasko is a loyal and dedicated young man. And I present him to you.”
Other speakers who gave goodwill messages included the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, who led members to the podium and the presence of former Governor of Bayelsa state, Demipreye Alameieyesagha, gingered the crow.