By Lawrence Olaoye
Nasarawa state Governor, Alhaji Tanko Al-makura, has said the need to give President Muhammadu Buhari a virile legislative back-up to deliver his agenda for the country motivated him to contest for the Senate in the oncoming general election.
Asked why he wanted to contest a senatorial position after having served eight years as a governor by State House Correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday at the Presidential Villa, Al-Makura said.
“There are basically two things that necessitate my desire: To see that the APC takes Nigeria to the Next Level nationally and to ensure that all the bottlenecks that have bedeviled good governance are sorted out for Nigeria to take its rightful place in the comity of nations.
“That has encouraged some of us to ensure that we partake in this project to support Mr President to ensure that his vision is being supported by the parliament so that he wouldn’t have any problem in ensuring full implementation of the well designed programmes he has for this country.
“Secondly, we have seen the commitment and loyalty of the calibre of senators now at the Red Chamber it has never add tremendous amount of hope that yes Nigeria has come to be, to have people who are commited, who are selfless, who are patriotic to support the president in ensuring that this country is taken to the Next Level.
“That is the second encouragement that made me to throw my hat to the ring to partake in this exercise. I believe that as a committed man, if some of us have started the way Buhari is leading the country, a long way before now I believe this country would have attained a level many Nigerians would have been proud of.”