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Published On: Thu, Jan 15th, 2015

Some candidates not qualified for February polls – Gov Aliyu

Governor Mua’azu Babangida AliyuFrom Yakubu mustapha,Minna.

Niger state governor Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu has said that some contestants for political office in the country for February general elections are not qualified to run for public office because of their past records.

Aliyu made the disclosure in Minna Tuesday when he received the leadership of the Igbo community resident in Minna led by the Eze Ndigbo Ngozi Pampas Wahiwe and the Angas community in the state capital led by Mr Bitrus Simon as well as members of the International Republican Institute of the United States of America.

Governor Aliyu said the unnamed candidates should rather bury their heads in shame instead of going to the electorate to seek for their votes to contest for an election.

He advised voters in next month’s election to be wary of those they will cast their ballot for because of the past of those set of politicians who could repeat what they have done in the past.

“We are not prepared we need an equitable society, some people are not supposed to be running for public office because of their past, they should bury their heads in shame”.

The governor said that many candidates are also contesting the 2015 general elections because they see politics as the easiest way to make money insisting that ‘if you want to be rich go to the market to do business not to seek public office which is for service delivery to the people’.

Aliyu intimated that candidates of the ongoing campaigns by political parties are not addressing the main issues concerning Nigerians and advised that the issue of indigene and non indigene syndrome should be the major focus of the campaigners if the country must become more united.

The governor condemned the violence being associated with the campaigns in some parts of the country pointing out that “we must encourage our youths to be positive, they must protect government investments in their areas’.

‘We should play politics on equal basis, nobody should destroy posters and bill boards of candidates”.

He disclosed that security operatives in the state have been directed to arrest and prosecute anyone caught defacing or destroying political posters and bill boards.

Governor Aliyu assured all residents of the state of the security to their lives and property during and after the election.

Earlier the two community leaders had honoured the governor with the titles of the ‘Peace Maker of Niger state’.

Eze Ndigbo Ngozi Pampas Wahiwe had appealed to the governor to consider the appointments of more Ndigbo’s into his government.


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