It’s not true – aide
From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
The Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has received serious rejection for second term bid and attack by aggrieved youths over alleged non performance in Niger East Senatorial district of Niger state as he begun his tour of the zone.
The state government begun its tour that observers said was a strategy for his second term bid commenced on Monday from Bosso local government but suffered set back as he visit Shiroro and Munya local governments respectively.
The governor’s convoy was blocked at Maitumbi on Tuesday the only route to the zone local governments where he was stopped for over 30 minutes by the aggrieved youths.
They complained bitterly over non fulfillment of his campaign promises that include: poor electricity supply, lack of water in Minna metropolis, raising unemployment for youths and insecurity in the zone that is characterized by kidnapping, robbery and herders clashes with farmers.
Followed by some hired thugs to counter unexpected attack from the youths and army forces, gave backup to provide safety of the campaign train to the zone- a zone that has continued to complain of marginalization by the present APC led government.
Investigation revealed that the turnout of people at Kuta in Shiroro local government was very low, due to non performance, unfulfilled campaign promises as the present administration has no single project in the area; hence the Governor pledged N30 million for Ward Development Projects but was booed by the youths.
Also at Sarkin Pawa, in Munya local government, the campaign train received the worst rejection as another batch of aggrieved youths of the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) descended on the local government chairman, Hon. Mohammed Yehuza who was lucky to be whisked away by the security personnel when mob attacked.
The youths from the area said that the impact of the present government has never been felt in any way since the new leaders came on board, coupled with the high rate of insecurity of lives and property in the area forcing many villagers to desert their communities due to consistent attacks and kidnappings of their people.
The convoy was pelted with different hard objects, according to sources who don’t want their names in print. They said Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has disappointed them, despite their vote for change; hence, deserved no second term in anyway.
However, when contacted, the Media Coordinator to the governor, Mr. Jide Oritunsin said that the story is untrue and unfounded, adding that the Governor’s convoy was not blocked. He explained that the governor personally stopped to listen to the youths who were shouting, “Ba wuta” meaning (no light), and directed commissioner of works to step down from the convoy and go to AEDC to give them light.
Oritunsin also denied that the convoy was attacked and the governor booed, noting that there was no military in the convoy but Police, SSS and others while he explained that the governor cannot hire thugs. “You can only hire thugs in an environment you are not safe; but Governor Bello has unanimous support of the people.”