Governor Abubakar Sani Bello in a group photograph with the George Akume’s delegation.
By Pwadivi Dennis,
Niger State Governor and Chairman North Central States Governors’ Forum (NCSGF), Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has said that he was committed to ensuring that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) retains power at the centre, states and local government levels in the country.
The governor disclosed this while welcoming a high-powered delegation from the Sen. (Dr) George Akume Contact Team at Government House, Minna.
He also explained that the North Central Zone had been socio-politically marginalized and unfairly treated in terms of infrastructural development, noting that the region’s infrastructure has suffered deterioration because of its location as gateway between the northern and southern parts of the country.
“I feel the North Central has not been fairly treated. Politically we have been abandoned; we are neither here nor there in the core north or core south political calculations. We are hardly noticed even though the zone has always delivered ‘block-vote’ for the parties during elections”.
He said, as food basket of the nation, the North Central Geopolitical Zone could comfortably feed the country and the whole of West Africa if the Federal Government outlines robust plans and makes deliberate efforts towards supporting agricultural programmes.
Governor Sani Bello said that it was in realization of the fact that the zone was politically ‘neither here nor there’ in the equation that the party’s leadership in the region deemed it necessary to indicate interest and support aspirants from the region to vie for party offices including the chairmanship position.
The governor assured that it was important for him and the party to support any candidate from the zone with the requisite credentials and pedigree to unite the party and importantly retain power in 2023.
Besides, the leader of the Senator George Akume Contact Team, Senator Jack Gyado, stated that the team was in the state to seek its support for Akume who is aspiring to become the National Chairman of the ruling APC.
According to him, “Senator Akume has the quality, credentials and requisite experience to fill the void of the National Chairmanship position of the ruling party, stressing that, as a retired Permanent Secretary, two term Governor, three term Senator and now a minister, Akume possesses the pedigree to consolidate the party’s gains and achievements.
“Senator Akume has greatly contributed to the emergence and success of the ruling APC since it’s formative years and will deliver the region and the center for the party”.
He further noted the need for the leadership of the governor and the party in the region play their roles in ensuring that the position of the National Chairman of APC is zoned to the North Central.
He however congratulated Governor Sani Bello for hs achievements in the state, noting, “Nigerlites and people of the North Central Geopolitical Zone are indeed lucky to have such a dynamic, highly cultured and progressive leader”.