Shema’s ex-po­lit­i­cal ad­viser de­clares for gov­er­nor­ship seat

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Atika Balal, Katsina

For­mer po­lit­i­cal ad­viser to Gover­nor Ibrahim Shehu Shema of Katsina State, Al­haji Nasiru Umar, has de­clared his in­ter­est in run­ning for the gov­er­nor­ship of Katsina State.

In a state­ment is­sued to news­men in Abuja shortly af­ter declar­ing, the sea­soned politi­cian de­scribed the need for sus­tain­abil­ity of poli­cies and pro­grammes of the present ad­min­is­tra­tion as his main rea­son for de­cid­ing to present him­self as one of the party’s as­pi­rant for the 2015 gu­ber­na­to­rial elec­tions.

Umar who has served un­der sev­eral com­mit­tees un­der the PDP and co­or­di­nates sev­eral as­so­ci­a­tions in Katsina State and across the coun­try, said his ex­pe­ri­ence as a grass­roots politi­cian is what is rightly re­quired to re­turn the PDP to its height of ac­cept­abil­ity.

He in­formed news­men that his dec­la­ra­tion was a re­sult of wide con­sul­ta­tion with stake­hold­ers in the state as well as across the length and breadth of the party spec­trum. “I have been inun­dated with re­quests from var­i­ous groups, or­gan­i­sa­tions and com­mu­ni­ties from the state and be­yond to de­clare my in­ter­est to as­pire for the of­fice of Gover­nor of Katsina” He said.

Al­haji Nasiru added that his fo­cus will be on strength­en­ing the agri­cul­tural sec­tor, ed­u­ca­tion, em­ploy­ment gen­er­a­tion to curb youth rest­less­ness, ac­count­abil­ity and in­fras­truc­tural de­vel­op­ment.

He said the state has the po­ten­tial to be­come the food bas­ket of the na­tion if its nu­mer­ous nat­u­ral, solid and hu­man re­sources are tapped for de­vel­op­ment.

‘As an ex­pe­ri­enced politi­cian and mem­ber of the min­ing and geo­sciences as­so­ci­a­tion I know what abun­dant nat­u­ral re­sources we have and I have the ca­pac­ity and where­withal to har­ness these re­sources for the bet­ter­ment of our people,” He added

Umar then called on the people of Katsina State to throw their weight be­hind him and the PDP in or­der to take the state to its de­served po­si­tion as a po­ten­tial leader in the so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and growth of the na­tion.

He said the PDP de­serves to be given the man­date again and again hav­ing served the state since the re­turn of democ­racy with zeal, ded­i­ca­tion and with nu­mer­ous demo­cratic div­i­dends to show.

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