I will outperform Bello if elected Niger governor, says Nasko

By Ummi Ismaeel,


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship candidate in 2015, Alhaji Umar Nasko, has promised Niger State indigenes, youths in particular, that he would surpass what the Governor Sani Bello-led All Progressive Congress (APC) administration has achieved in over three years if given just a single mandate.

  The 2019 PDP governorship hopeful made the declaration when he spoke to journalists at the Niger State PDP Secretariat along eastern bye-pass, Minna after presenting his letter of

intents to contest the state governorship seat in the next year’s general election.

 Nasko, after submitting his letter of intent to the state PDP chairman, Tanko Beji, said that there was little or nothing for APC to show for in the past three years.

  “I will be a PDP governor for every Nigerlite. We will take cognizance of our diverse tribes and religion while we will respect every facet of the society being a miniature Nigeria because we all have something to contribute to the growth and development of Niger State”.

  While also acknowledging that the APC government has done its best in the past three years, Nasko said, “The act of governance is not easy; but we will ensure we have the right people to drive Niger State to desired level.

  “I have travelled this way before as a member of the state Executive Council. I know for a fact that my religion enjoins me to respect constituted authorities and pray for them. I also know that from what we have on ground today I can definitely do a better job if given the opportunity.”

Nasko, who served as Commissioner for Tourism and Culture and Environment and Chief of Staff, respectively under Dr. Babangida Aliyu Administration, said that he was re-contesting the Governorship position to unify the state by running an all-inclusive government for the benefits of all citizens.

Every Nigerlite will feel the impact of the coming administration in the state, Nasko said, assuring that if given a single term he will not jeopardize the rotational governorship policy that has existed in Niger state for the promotion of equity, justice and fairness for all the zones.

 Describing himself as a bridge between the young and the older generation, Nasko said, “If voted for I will take advantage of the wisdom and experience of the older generation to work with the youths where I also belong to in repositioning the state since I relate to both groups very well”.

  On his likely choice of running mate, the PDP Governorship hopeful aspirant said that he would make his running mate known if he wins the party primaries.

  “I intend to pick my running mate from Niger-South senatorial district, but this time I will be strictly guided by tribal and religious considerations for better showing and collectivity at the pollsm,” he said.

  On his chances of winning the election considering challenges ahead, Nasko said, “Sani Bello was in similar position during the 2015 polls, but he later won the election. Power belongs to God and he gives it to whoever he deserved so I have full confidence I will win under the PDP”.

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