Written by:Adelowo Oladipo -Minna


GOVERNORS of Jigawa and Niger states, Alhaji Sule Lamido and Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, respectively, have told the president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, to stop making excuses, but to fulfill his electioneering promises to Nigerians.

The duo spoke on Thursday, at the commissioning of the ultra-modern and multi-billion naira Shiroro bridge, on Shiroro River, in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.

They said Nigerians would hold Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) accountable, whether the economy was okay or not.

According to Lamido, “you must fulfill your promises, because there was no condition given on how to do it when you were campaigning for election. Whether the economy is favourable or not, do not give us any excuses.

“We will not tolerate any excuses. Whatever the APC is, they owe it all to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), because PDP, one way or the other, brought almost all of them into politics.

“It is about time for them to reflect, because Nigerians will definitely hold them accountable. They must fulfill all their promises.”

Governor Lamido stated further that throughout the electioneering period, APC never raised any developmental issues but was busy harping on the dysfunctionalities of the nation, which included Boko Haram, corruption and other sundry issues.

They also asked the Adamu Mu’azu-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP to throw in the towel and accept defeat for leading the party to a “disastrous defeat” in the recently held general election.

According to Aliyu “if it is the party’s belief that the leadership be retained, believe me, we will not fight it. Because the actual change will come in March 2016. That is when we will go to the convention and elect new leaders.”

Speaking in similar vein, Governor Lamido said ‘it is not time for blame game. It is time to think and reflect on how to reposition PDP.”

Speaking on the alleged plan to form a new party, Alhaji Lamido said “we have both agreed not to leave the PDP. We dey kampe for PDP, we dey shelele for PDP.”

According to him, “PDP has honoured and dignified me, and I am not leaving it for tenants. Aliyu and I are from home background, while others are from mere house background. We are well groomed right from our homes and we will not leave the party for anyone.”

Prominent traditional rulers, which included the Etsu Nupe and the chairman, Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar; the Emir of Minna, Alhaji Umar Bahago, among others, graced the occasion.

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