In­trigues in States Ahead of 2019

Sunday Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Hamza Idris (Abuja) and our cor­re­spon­dents

While gov­er­nors across the fed­er­a­tion are about mark­ing their sec­ond an­niver­sary in of­fice, pol­i­tick­ing has com­menced in earnest in many states ahead of the 2019 elec­tions. In some cases, through their body lan­guage and ut­ter­ances, gov­er­nors that are serv­ing their first terms are re­lent­lessly can­vass­ing for sec­ond terms while some of the gov­er­nors serv­ing their sec­ond term are work­ing hard to anoint suc­ces­sors. Daily Trust on Sun­day looks at the sit­u­a­tion in var­i­ous states.

TIt’s a dif­fer­ent stroke in Kwara o many peo­ple, Kwara state pol­i­tics is unique be­cause of a cer­tain sys­tem of suc­ces­sion that has been en­trenched. In­cum­bent gov­er­nor, Dr Ab­dul­fat­tah Ahmed is in his sec­ond ten­ure and would nei­ther seek re-elec­tion nor have power to anoint any can­di­date for the po­si­tion in 2019.

Also, as­pi­rants for the po­si­tion, es­pe­cially those in the rul­ing All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC), would dare not show in­ter­est openly be­cause, ac­cord­ing to some of them, they don’t as­pire for a po­si­tion but are only as­signed by the po­lit­i­cal lynch­pin of the state, Dr Bukola Saraki.

This was fur­ther con­firmed by the APC spokesper­son, Malam Bo­laji Ab­dul­lahi, dur­ing a re­cent in­ter­view with our cor­re­spon­dent when he said the sys­tem had been in place for long and has re­ally helped them.

Ac­cord­ing to him, “We don’t as­pire for po­si­tion but are as­signed ac­cord­ing to our ded­i­ca­tion and loy­alty to the party.”

The op­po­si­tion par­ties have not re­ally shown any se­ri­ous­ness ahead of 2019 be­cause some of the con­tes­tants in 2015 have gone back into their shells.

Adamawa: Ribadu strate­gis­ing for Jib­rilla ouster

The Adamawa State gov­er­nor, Muham­mad Jib­rilla, is fac­ing grow­ing op­po­si­tion to his re-elec­tion bid as he is locked in po­lit­i­cal bat­tle with some of his clos­est al­lies in the APC, who helped him win power in 2015 as well as those he de­feated at the gen­eral elec­tion, who even­tu­ally de­camped to his party.

With the grow­ing ap­peal of the for­mer Chair­man of the Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, among APC mem­bers in the state, the stage for 2019 po­lit­i­cal bat­tle is tak­ing shape.

The ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers of the newly founded po­lit­i­cal as­so­ci­a­tion, Ribadu Sup­port Group, were in­au­gu­rated on Thurs­day to en­lighten the pub­lic on the cre­den­tials of the for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer.

The Act­ing Co­or­di­na­tor of the group, Bello Aliyu, said the group had al­ready re­cruited thou­sands of ýmem­bers to project Ribadu’s im­age.

“Mal­lam Nuhu Ribadu’s im­mer­sion into pol­i­tics was borne out of the de­sire to bring about growth and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment to the peo­ple.

“Giv­ing the un­for­tu­nate con­di­tion we found our­selves in to­day, the likes of Mal­lam Nuhu Ribadu are needed to eman­ci­pate the state and it’s peo­ple from the clutches of clue­less lead­er­ship that only leads to doom”, he stated.

Other pos­si­ble chal­lengers to Jib­rilla in­clud­ing ýAb­du­laziz Nyako, the sen­a­tor from Adamawa Cen­tral Zone and Mo’Al­lahyidi, the sen­a­tor from South­ern Zone may soon join the fray.

The po­lit­i­cal at­mos­phere is be­com­ing heavy with groups like Nyako Sup­port Group, Team Aziz, Buhari Os­in­bajo Again and Ribadu Sup­port Group all work­ing to stop the gov­er­nor from win­ning re-elec­tion in 2019.

On the side of the gov­er­nor, groups in­clud­ing Four Plus Four, Team Bin­dow and Bring Bin­dow Back are work­ing for his re-elec­tion but the ques­tion is whether they could whither the storm as the gov­ern­ment has failed to set­tle back­log of work­ers’ salaries and pen­sion de­spite huge amount of money re­ceived from fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

Some party chief­tains have ac­cused the gov­er­nor of fail­ing the elec­torate and be­tray­ing those who helped him win elec­tion.

How­ever, the state Or­ga­niz­ing Sec­re­tary of APC, Ahmed Lawal told news­men on Thurs­day, that the party ex­ec­u­tives in the state and 21 lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas had en­dorsed the can­di­da­ture of Gov. Muham­madu Bin­dow.

Benue: Or­tom again?

Spec­u­la­tions are rife that Gov­er­nor Sa­muel Or­tom of Benue State is cur­rently strate­giz­ing to se­cure a sec­ond term in of­fice.

Al­though the gov­er­nor is yet to make his in­ten­tion to come back in 2019 pub­lic, his sup­port­ers are work­ing hard to earn the con­fi­dence of the elec­torate in the days ahead.

How­ever, ru­mours of Or­tom’s fall­out with the leader of the APC in the state, Sen­a­tor Ge­orge Akume, who was be­lieved to have im­posed his can­di­da­ture on the party dur­ing the last elec­tion, may throw span­ners in the work.

The al­leged frosty re­la­tion­ship be­tween the duo is not yet in full dis­play but there are point­ers that the gap widened from the re­cently con­cluded lo­cal gov­ern­ment pri­mary elec­tions of the party.

Sec­ondly, the odds against Or­tom at the mo­ment in­clude the per­ceived mur­mur­ing by the elec­torate, ac­cus­ing him of poor per­for­mance in the past two years. Zon­ing is the bone of con­tention in Oyo The cam­paign for Agodi Gov­ern­ment House in Oyo State has be­gun. Gov­er­nor Abi­ola Aji­mobi, will com­plete his sec­ond term in 2019 after he broke the sec­ond term jinx in 2015 but at the mo­ment, no­body can pre­dict his suc­ces­sion agenda be­cause he ap­pears to be keep­ing it un­der wraps as con­tenders and pre­tenders have kept sig­ni­fy­ing in­ter­est.

The cri­sis in the ma­jor op­po­si­tion par­ties in the state may af­fect their chances if it con­tin­ues in the next one year.

Though Gov­er­nor Aji­mobi has not pub­licly anointed any as­pi­rant, he will be in­ter­ested in who suc­ceeds him.

He re­cently said he would sup­port the peo­ple of OkeO­gun to achieve their dreams in 2019, adding that he won the 2015 elec­tions as a re­sult of their un­wa­ver­ing sup­port for him.

How­ever, the gov­er­nor is said to be work­ing in sup­port of two of the as­pi­rants from Ibadan land, which is against his prom­ise for the peo­ple of Oke-Ogun.

One of th­ese as­pi­rants is the Deputy Gov­er­nor of CBN, Mr Ade­bayo Ade­labu, the grand­son of late Ade­goke Ade­labu Penkelemesi. The sec­ond is the serv­ing sen­a­tor rep­re­sent­ing Oyo South Se­na­to­rial Dis­trict, Ades­oji Akanbi.

A source close to the gov­ern­ment told the Daily Trust on Sun­day that, “Oga is very fickle; I think you know that. He al­ways tells peo­ple to be­gin to work for the party if they are in­ter­ested in the race. For now, many peo­ple are in­ter­ested in the race un­der the plat­form of the APC. He may sup­port Ade­bayo Ade­labu be­cause of their close­ness while he could also sup­port Soji Akanbi so that he can swap the Se­nate ticket with him,” he noted.

The peo­ple of Oke-ogun re­gion have been clam­our­ing for gov­er­nor­ship slot be­cause they have not pro­duced a gov­er­nor since the First Re­pub­lic.

Mean­while, the op­po­si­tion are also pre­par­ing for a show­down in 2019. Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent re­port, the flag bearer of So­cial Demo­cratic Party (SDP) in 2015, En­gi­neer Seyi Makinde, for­mer Se­nate Chief Whip (PDP), Sen­a­tor Hosea Ag­boola (PDP) and the for­mer Leader of House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Mu­likat Ade­ola Akande (PDP), re­cently held a meet­ing in Og­bo­moso to dis­cuss how to form an al­liance against the rul­ing party in 2019.

But so far, the only as­pi­rant who has de­clared his in­ten­tion to run is Chief Niyi Ak­in­tola, a Se­nior Ad­vo­cate of Nige­ria (SAN). Hard nut to crack for Ug­wuanyi in Enugu The cur­rent po­lit­i­cal hap­pen­ings in Enugu State are point­ing to the fact that the 2019 gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion may not be an easy ride for the in­cum­bent gov­er­nor, Ifeanyi Ug­wuanyi, who will seek a sec­ond term.

Though ex- Gov­er­nor Sul­li­van Chime has re­mained rather quiet since he handed over to Ug­wuanyi, he re­cently de­cided to let the peo­ple know that he is still very much ac­tive in pol­i­tics. He did that with what some crit­ics re­garded as “hired crowd of sup­port­ers” who came in their thou­sands from the re­mote parts of the 17 lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas of the state to Com­pre­hen­sive Sec­ondary School, Udi-Abia, on Satur­day, May 6, 2017.

That was the day he for­mally de­fected to the APC. The well-at­tended oc­ca­sion was graced by APC stal­warts and sup­port­ers, led by the Na­tional Chair­man of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oye­gun and Sokoto State gov­er­nor, Al­haji Aminu Tam­buwal, who wel­comed him into the party.

Ever since he in­di­cated in­ter­est in dump­ing the PDP, upon whose plat­form he was elected gov­er­nor, the po­lit­i­cal nu­cleus in Enugu could no longer re­main the same.

More­over, when one re­calls that other top politi­cians in the state such as Gbazuagu Nweke Gbazuagu (GNG), Jim Nwo­bodo, Fidelis Okoro, Ken Nna­mani, Eu­gene Odo, Sam Onyeishi, among oth­ers even­tu­ally pitched tent with the APC, it is ev­i­dent that Ug­wuanyi will def­i­nitely face stiff op­po­si­tion.

Chime had blamed the pro­longed lead­er­ship log­jam which has di­vided the PDP into two for­mi­da­ble fac­tions at the na­tional level as the main rea­son he de­cided to jet­ti­son the party and an­nounced that APC will win Enugu in 2019.

But in a dra­matic twist, the next day, Sun­day, May 7, the peo­ple of Udi, Chime’s home­town, in their num­bers flooded the Gov­ern­ment House, Enugu to pay a sol­i­dar­ity visit to Gov­er­nor Ifeanyi Ug­wuanyi.

In a re­mark, the Deputy Pres­i­dent of the Se­nate, Ike Ekweremadu, who de­scribed Chime as an “in­ex­pe­ri­enced politi­cian,” asked him to learn from his­tory of past politi­cians in the state, who aban­doned par­ties that brought them to lime­light.

“Jim Nwo­bodo quar­relled with Chi­maroke Nna­mani to join the op­po­si­tion; he never re­cov­ered. Chi­maroke quar­relled with Sul­li­van Chime and he left and formed an­other party, but he never re­cov­ered. Now Chime has left the party that gave him fame, I bet you he will never re­cover from it,” he said.

A PDP stal­wart, who did not want to be named, said, “With Chime’s de­par­ture from PDP, Ekweremadu might still re­tain the party’s Enugu West Se­na­to­rial ticket for the fourth time since he prob­a­bly won’t run against Ug­wuanyi for gov­er­nor­ship.

What is not clear is who those that de­fected to the APC would sup­port for gov­er­nor­ship in 2019. Badaru face fight from two fronts Ji­gawa There are in­di­ca­tions that ex- Gov­er­nor Sule Lamido who served two terms in Ji­gawa State be­fore his can­di­date lost to Gov­er­nor Mo­hammed Badaru of the APC in 2015 is strate­giz­ing for an­other fight.

Lamido had tasted the bit­ter pills of los­ing elec­tion or plant­ing a suc­ces­sor be­cause he was re­cently hauled to prison in the state he once led for al­legedly in­cit­ing PDP mem­bers to fight for their rights in the forth­com­ing lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions in the state.

The PDP’s 2015 gu­ber­na­to­rial can­di­date, Aminu Ibrahim Ringim, who is a close ally of Lamido might still be nurs­ing am­bi­tion for the post.

In the APC, Ubale Hashim, a one-time com­mis­sioner in the state con­tested against Gov­er­nor Badaru in 2015. Hashim gave Badaru a fight for his money dur­ing the pri­maries and con­sid­er­ing the fact he is still not hav­ing any re­la­tion­ship with the APC-led gov­ern­ment at the state, pun­dits are of the opin­ion that he is just buy­ing time to spring a sur­prise.

An­other con­tender is Faruk Adamu Aliyu. The one time mem­ber of House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tive and a gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date un­der CPC has what it takes in term of pop­u­lar­ity to give Badaru a tough time if he will gun for the of­fice once again. APC work­ing to re­move Ayade in C/River The op­po­si­tion APC in Cross River State led by John Ochala has de­clared that it will be a mir­a­cle for Gov­er­nor Ben Ayade to get a sec­ond term.

The Vice Chair­man of the APC in Cross River Cen­tral, Cle­tus Obun, said their party will win in 2019 be­cause Ayade did not per­form.

Our cor­re­spon­dent re­ports that the APC is al­ready dust­ing up many mar­ketable per­sons, who they say have the clout to con­front Ayade in 2019. One of them is a for­mer Direc­tor of Crude Oil Sales at NNPC, God­win Jeddy Agba who came up in 2015 but had to drop be­cause of sud­den ill­ness. Much faith is in­vested in him in re­cent times and groups are al­ready spring­ing up cham­pi­oning his qual­i­ties and ca­pa­bil­ity.

But Chris­tian Ita, chief press sec­re­tary to Ayade said the gov­er­nor has done a lot to de­serve a sec­ond term.

In Kogi, sev­eral as­pi­rants wait­ing for the bell to ring

No fewer than 28 per­sons were cleared by INEC to vie for the APC ticket in 2015 but it was late ex-Gov­er­nor Abubakar Audu that fi­nally got the ticket.

Sadly, Audu died mid­way into the elec­tion and Al­haji Ya­haya Bello, who came sec­ond in the pri­maries, was fielded for the con­clud­ing part of the process and is cur­rently in his first four-year-term in of­fice.

How­ever, the gov­er­nor might likely join the race for a sec­ond term al­though he has not openly de­clared such am­bi­tion.

Dur­ing the last mem­ber­ship regis­tra­tion ex­er­cise by the APC, the gov­er­nor, in an ap­par­ent ef­fort to boost his sup­port base, en­sured all his aides moved down to their var­i­ous wards to en­cour­age peo­ple to reg­is­ter.

Mean­while, as the gov­er­nor se­cretly nurses his sec­ond term am­bi­tion for 2019, there are odds he must con­tend with.

One would be the teem­ing civil ser­vants who are dis­en­chanted with him over the out­come of his ad­min­is­tra­tion-led staff screen­ing ex­er­cise, which had thrown a num­ber of them out of jobs while oth­ers were be­ing owed salaries for months.

An­other odd is the in­ter­nal cri­sis rock­ing the state’s chap­ter of the APC which has made a good num­ber of the party ex­ec­u­tives and other stal­warts of the party es­pe­cially those from the Audu/Faleke group to be work­ing at cross pur­poses.

One other odd, ac­cord­ing to pun­dits, is the be­lief that the gov­er­nor’s cabi­net in­clude young peo­ple with lit­tle or no po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence and grass­roots con­nec­tions needed to woo the elec­torates.

More so, the on­go­ing quests by the Igalas to have power back to their se­na­to­rial dis­trict come 2019 would no doubt re­main an odd to con­tend with.

With all th­ese, cou­pled with the am­bi­tion of those who con­tested with him in 2015, Bello would have to do a lot to re­tain his seat. In Kano, it will be a fight be­tween

and Gov­er­nor Ab­dul­lahi Umar Gan­duje is cur­rently into his first term after serv­ing as deputy gov­er­nor to his pre­de­ces­sor, Dr Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso for eight years.

All po­lit­i­cal in­dices in the state have shown that Gan­duje is des­per­ate about his sec­ond term bid come 2019.

Daily Trust on Sun­day ob­served that it has be­come a norm to see ad­mir­ers of the gov­er­nor rais­ing eight fin­gers, which sim­ply means a nod for him to re­main in power for eight years. This is in ad­di­tion to reg­u­lar ra­dio jin­gles be­ing aired by many pri­vate and pub­lic ra­dio sta­tions in the state un­der the spon­sor­ship of the gov­er­nor’s po­lit­i­cal as­so­ciates.

How­ever, the ma­jor chal­lenge Gan­duje might en­counter in his ef­fort is the cur­rent squab­ble be­tween him and his pre­de­ces­sor, Rabi’u Kwankwaso.

The pol­i­tick­ing be­tween Gan­duje and Kwankwaso is crit­i­cal to the ex­tent that each of them is look­ing for op­por­tu­ni­tiers to crip­ple the other po­lit­i­cally. Both have pres­sure groups within the APC.

While Kwankwasiyya is work­ing for Kwankwaso, Gan­du­jiyya on the other hand is bat­tling for Gan­duje.

Kwankwasiyya move­ment has al­ready taken over the work of the op­po­si­tion in the state, leav­ing the PDP sur­rep­ti­tiously yawn­ing. Old war still fierce in Rivers Gov­er­nor Wike has no doubt kicked started his sec­ond term cam­paign as he makes ref­er­ence to 2019 elec­tion any­time he has the mi­cro­phone. He is fond of re­fer­ring to the APC or the Min­is­ter of Trans­porta­tion, Chibuike Amaechi.

Agen­cies such as the po­lice, EFCC and to a greater ex­tent INEC are also sub­ject of dis­cus­sion over al­leged plots to ma­nip­u­late the out­come of the yet to be con­ducted 2019 elec­tion. He re­cently ac­cused Amaechi of form­ing a cult group, which he said the min­is­ter will use to cause may­hem in the state dur­ing the 2019 elec­tions. In Plateau, bumpy ride ahead of La­long It will be a bumpy ride ahead for Gov­er­nor Si­mon La­long in his bid for in sec­ond term un­der the APC in Plateau State.

With is­sues here and there, the gov­er­nor has gone far in his cam­paign if the re­cent story that he doled out new Toy­ota Camry cars to each of the eight mem­bers of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the state, and Prado jeeps to all the three sen­a­tors rep­re­sent­ing the state, in­clud­ing Jonah David Jang (PDP, Plateau North), whose can­di­date the in­cum­bent gov­er­nor de­feated in 2015.

Ex- Gov­er­nor Joshua Dariye (APC, Plateau Cen­tral) and ex FCT min­is­ter, Jeremiah Useni (PDP, Plateau South), all re­port­edly got the largesse, thereby giv­ing cre­dence to the ru­mour that though they be­long to the PDP, the gov­er­nor has struck a deal with the sen­a­tors.

That did not go well with some party mem­bers; who felt they were the ones to be re­warded with the cars after the vi­tal role they played in 2015.

The party mem­bers’ fears in­creased when Rep. Ed­ward Pwa­jok, de­fected to the APC, with spec­u­la­tions that other mem­bers of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, in­clud­ing John­bull T Sheka­rau (PDP, Mikang/Quaan-

Pan/Shen­dam) and Beni Lar (PDP, Lang­tang North/South) would also de­fect to APC.

“If the party doesn’t han­dle the de­fec­tions is­sues care­fully, it might boomerang for the gov­er­nor and the party in the 2019 elec­tions be­cause the op­po­si­tions are do­ing their home­work also,” he said

Bauchi’s two years brinkman­ship might linger

Gov­er­nor Mo­hammed Ab­dul­lahi Abubakar ad­min­is­tra­tion has wit­nessed one of the most fierce and tur­bu­lent pe­ri­ods since the re­turn of democ­racy in 1999.ý

Gov­er­nor Abubakar, elected on the plat­form of APC, cur­rently faces op­po­si­tion from mem­bers of the Na­tional Assem­bly from the state who are also mem­bers of the party.

The cri­sis has been lin­ger­ing for a long time and has de­fied many at­tempts of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.

Mem­bers of the Na­tional Assem­bly, from Bauchi, led by the speak­erý House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Yakubu Dog­ara, Sen­a­tor Ali Wak­ili and oth­ers, have been at log­ger­heads with gov­er­nor Abubakar over many is­sues.

Al­though the gov­er­nor is gear­ing up for a sec­ond term after the ex­pi­ra­tion of his term in 2019, many peo­ple in­clud­ing, some politi­cians who con­tested the pri­maries with him, as well as as­pi­rants from the op­po­si­tion are said to be in­ter­ested in con­test­ing for gov­er­nor­ship in 2019.

Mem­bers of the APC who were said to be in­ter­ested in con­test­ing in­clude Dr Mo­hammed Ali Pate, who de­fected to the APC im­me­di­ately after los­ing his bid in the PDP.

Hal­liru Jika, a mem­ber of House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the state, has openly shown his in­ter­est to also con­test for gov­er­nor­ship in 2019.

In the PDP, for­mer min­is­ter of the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT), Sen­a­tor Bala Mo­hammed, Sen­a­tor Ab­dul Ningi and a host of oth­ers are also be­lieved will fea­ture in the race and who­ever gets the ticket will con­test against gov­er­nor Abubakar. Dar­ius strat­egy and plans in Taraba The re­cent tour of some lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas by Gov­er­nor Dar­ius Ishaku was in­ter­preted by many politi­cians in Taraba State, es­pe­cially the op­po­si­tion, as a cam­paign strat­egy for his sec­ond term am­bi­tion.

The ap­point­ment of over 260 ad­vis­ers and se­nior ad­vis­ers from across 16 lo­cal gov­ern­ments was also said to be a po­lit­i­cal strat­egy ini­ti­ated by the gov­er­nor and aimed at ex­pand­ing his con­tact with politi­cians at lo­cal and ward lev­els.

The ad­vis­ers are said to be the gate­way for the gov­er­nor to give him di­rect ac­cess to politi­cians that mat­ter at the grass­roots.

How­ever, po­lit­i­cal as­so­ciates of Gov­er­nor Dar­ius, such as Sama’ila Adamu Mu’azu, have dis­missed the in­sin­u­a­tion, ar­gu­ing that the tour was an av­enue for the gov­er­nor to meet peo­ple at the grass­roots and ap­pre­ci­ate them for the sup­port they have been giv­ing to his ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Also, the Spe­cial Ad­viser on Me­dia Mat­ters to the gov­er­nor, Mr Sil­vanus Giwa, said it is not time to start talk­ing about 2019, adding that what pre­oc­cu­pies the mind of the gov­er­nor is to meet the needs and as­pi­ra­tion of cit­i­zens of the state.

Niger: Gov. Bello seems keen

The body lan­guage of Gov­er­nor Abubakar Sani Bello sug­gests that the APC, on whose plat­form he as­sumed power, may not have to stress it­self for a flag bearer. And the mes­sages and signs seem very clear to the gov­er­nor’s ret­inue of aides and as­so­ciates.

At ev­ery fo­rum across the state, “Lolo is work­ing, Niger is mov­ing”; “Lolo Again”; “Lolo x 2” slo­gans are now the sing songs by dif­fer­ent groups.

In such for a, ban­ners, jer­seys and face caps with in­scrip­tions are com­mon sight. Lately, ve­hi­cles with such in­scrip­tions are also be­com­ing reg­u­lar fea­tures on ma­jor streets.

How­ever the main in­stance that points at the a re-elec­tion bid of the gov­er­nor was the project as­sess­ment vis­its to all the 25 lo­cal gov­ern­ment area in the state.

The op­po­si­tion PDP, through its chair­man, Bar­ris­ter Tanko Beji, specif­i­cally re­ferred to the on-go­ing tour as a ‘jam­boree’.

“There is noth­ing to in­spect, no project wor­thy of in­spec­tion, you can only in­spect where some­thing has hap­pened, so if noth­ing is hap­pen­ing what are you in­spect­ing? He calls it projects as­sess­ment tour but I call it jam­boree tour,” he said in an in­ter­view with jour­nal­ists.

Nasarawa: Al­makura mute on suc­ces­sor but . . .

Al­though Gov­er­nor Tanko Al-Makura did not openly de­clare sup­port for any per­son or anointed one among those who have shown in­ter­est to con­tests the gov­er­nor­ship seat at mo­ment, his body lan­guage has sent a mes­sage for long.

A con­sul­tant for the state gov­ern­ment, Ar­chi­tect Shehu Ahmed Tukur, whose bill­board and posters have flooded all nooks and cran­nies of the state, is re­cently be­ing sighted in the gov­er­nor’s en­tourage at pub­lic func­tions.

Gov Ifeanyi Ug­wuanyi of Enugu State

Gov. Mo­hammed Umar Jib­rilla of Adamawa State

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