By Stanley Onyekwere
As the political temperature hots-up ahead of the country’s general elections in 2015, residents especially political supporters in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), have been urged to always tell politicians the truth, and not to colour the facts.
According to the Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Hon. Micah Jiba, who gave the advice, telling politicians the truth helps them to be in tune with reality, as it relates to attainment of their political goals and objectives in the society.
He made this point, when he received FCT Senate aspirant under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Usman Jibril Wowo and his teeming supporters, who paid him a courtesy visit at the council Secretariat, recently.
Jiba, who is also the Chairman, Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) in FCT, described political position as a fish in the water, which definitely many people will aspire to catch, but no one does knows who would catch it fish is, except the one that God gives luck to do so.
“I want to advise that you (supporters) should tell us (politicians) the truth, and Wowo as a politician seeking for our mandate, only needs you to tell him the truth, because if only the reason for support is you have seen as a former council chair, FCT-ALGON chair, senator and immediate past special adviser to the FCT minister on Political matters, who has money to spend, let me just follow him without telling him the truth.
“Don’t show any hypocritical attitude to the aspirant (Wowo), but ensure that you always tell him the truth, including us, the leaders.
“Anyone that is opportune to come to contest for a particular position, please always tell him or her truth, and we don’t want to hear this or that rumour.
“This is because, political position is just like a fish in the water or the river, and definitely many people will aspire to catch the fish, but you don’t know who it is that would catch the fish is, except the one that God gives luck to do so,” he stressed.
He continues: “Senator Jibril Wowo is not a new person to us in the council, he is our father; he is our uncle; he has been in this system for many years.
“You (Wowo) coming out to contest for the race to occupy the lone FCT seat in the Senate, is not a surprisingly thing to us in AMAC, because you have been there before, and we have the belief that when you go back there again, you will be able to do very well.
“Come 2015, we have that believe that it is God that gives the power to lead a people, and it is our hope that God will give the power that you are looking for.”
Earlier, Wowo, said he and his campaign network were in the secretariat to seek the permission of the AMAC chairman, who is the leader of the PDP in the council, to enable him meet with the executives of the party in the council, and formally make known his FCT senatorial ambition to them.
“As the leader of this Area Council, it is pertinent that we cannot come here and go straight to the party, without informing and getting your permission to do so; and it is always in our character that any where we go that we meet the leader before going ahead with our mission,” he said.
Peoples Daily recalls that Wowo, formally picked the nomination/expression of interest form to contest the only senatorial FCT seat in the National Assembly, under the PDP, barely a week, after quitting his position as the Senior Special Assistant (Political, Budget and National Assembly) to the FCT minister.