- Alhaji Aliyu Umar was not around when the N22.5 million governorship form was purchased by his supporters
- The supporters claim they tasked one another to get the money for the purchase of the form ahead of the governorship election in Taraba
- The supporters say Taraba is so backward that it needs the touch of Umar to get it back to full life
An official of the United Nations, Alhaji Aliyu Umar, has officially joined the governorship race for Taraba state as his supporters in Nigeria reportedly purchased the All Progressives Congress (APC) expression of interest form of N22.5 million for him.
The Punch reports that Umar, currently the federal government liaison officer to the United Nations Commission in New York, was not present when his supporters went to the national secretariat of the APC to obtain the forms for him on Thursday, September 6.
It was learnt that the supporters claimed to be representatives of about 168 wards from across Taraba state.
They announced that they tasked one another to get the money for the forms because they believe Umar has all it takes to develop the state.
The leader of the group and former federal lawmaker, Kabiru Jalo, who spoke, said the state was in dire need of the kind of experience Umar possesses.
According to Jalo, Taraba state has suffered a lot of maladministration and there is the need for someone who has the know-how to change things for the better.
“We have done something in Taraba state that is unprecedented in the political history of the state. We wouldn’t let it go unnoticed because it is important to us, in trying to do what is right, in trying to deepening our democracy especially in Taraba state.
“We came under a political association in Taraba state that is known as ‘New Taraba Agenda’. Like I said earlier, we have done something that is unprecedented.
“We came together, brought in stakeholders from across the state and looked around independently, bringing in objective minds to look at the issues in Taraba state and determine what the way forward is.
“We brought in representatives from the 168 wards to come together and endorse a candidate that can move the state forward. So what we have done is a completely different approach to what we used to have.
“Our candidate is the candidate of the people, we came together and asked him to run, of course every politician will say that people asked him or her to run but in this case, we tried to make it real by bringing in the people to deliberate and search for a fit candidate.
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“So, truly in our own case our candidate was pushed forward by the people and for the very first time we have a coalition which comprises of the 168 wards in all the local government with one person representing each of the wards to ask our principal to step forward to run for the office of the governor under the APC.
“Our principal accepted the call from the people to step forward and declared to run for the office, so we came here to pick the form for our principal,” he said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that a group under the aegis of Abia Concerned Citizens (ACC) obtained the expression of interest and nomination forms for Abia state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, to seek a second term in office.
The group said it was motivated to purchase the forms for the governor to encourage him to continue his good works beyond 2019.