Northern Borno Elders Buy Nomination Form for Southern Aspirant

- Shola Oyeyipo

In a rare display of political maturity and solidarity, the people of Northern senatorial district of Borno State have purchased a N22.5m expression of Interest and the Nomination forms for an aspirant from Southern senatorial district, Alhaji Idris Mamman.

The leader of the Northern delegation, Alhahi Umar Lawan, who Friday presented the form to the chairman, Southern Borno Movement for Rotation of Power (SBMOP), Alhaji Ibrahim Usman, who delivered it to the aspirant at All Progressiv­es Congress (APC) National Secretaria­t, Abuja yesterday, said the idea was to deepen the process of democracy in the state.

The major issue in the build up to the 2019 governorsh­ip election in the state has been that power rotation is crucial because of the six governors that have ruled the state since 1979, none has been from the Southern part.

Speaking on why the North opted to take the initiative, Lawan said: “There have been a lot of complaints that the people of Southern Borno are marginalis­ed. Nobody has marginalis­ed anybody because nobody has come out to say he is looking for governorsh­ip until today. So, it is a matter of reaching out to the people.

“Power is not served à la carte. You have to reach out for it. You have to earn it. We wish him a very good term and we pray that the people will accept him with open arms.”

Receiving the forms on behalf of Mamman, Usman said the people of the South appreciate­d the gesture of their Northern counterpar­t and that they would make the best use of it.

According to him, “Power is never served on a platter of gold. We have never come out to say we wanted it. Now, we said we wanted it and we are glad that it is our own brothers from Northern Borno, who contribute­d money to buy this form. We are extremely grateful.

“Honestly, we are extremely grateful. By the time we get Idris Mamman into office, everybody is going to say there is a big change in Borno. He will carry everybody along,” he said.

He said the initiative was significan­ce because it was difficult to win elections without carrying every senatorial district in the state along.

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