From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
No fewer than 500,000 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) faithful from Niger East Senatorial zone have unanimously adopted Governor Muazu Babangida Aliyu as the sole candidate for the senate for the zone comes 2015.
Aliyu’s adoption followed a solidarity rally in the nine local government areas of the zone organized by a political group, Talba Success Movement (TSM) where over 500, 000 signatures were collected calling on the Governor to contest the 2015 senatorial election.
The signatories cut across party elders and youths from the nine local governments that made up the zone.
This is coming barely one week after Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors in the country adopted President GoodLuck Jonathan as the sole candidate for the presidency for the 2015 general election.
The state coordinator of the TSM, Alhaji Hamisu Jankaro while briefing newsmen in Minna yesterday on the outcome of the group’s two weeks tour of the zone to rally support for the governor, disclosed that most youth organizations in the zone have already endorsed the governor as the sole candidate to contest the 2015 election under the platform of the PDP.
Also over the weekend, some 250,000 women from the zone under the auspices, of “Women in politics”, had earlier endorsed Governor Muazu Babangida Aliyu for the senate because according to the coordinator of the group from the zone, Hon. Fati Lami Abubakar, the women believed that Aliyu has given much to women and deserved to represent them at the senate come 2015.
She noted that the women have also vowed to match to the residence of the governor if he refuses to heed to their demand to contest for the senate, adding that additional 450,000 signatures will be collected before weekend for on ward delivery to the governor.
However Hamisu Jankaro said that the solidarity rally took the TSM to all the nine local government areas in the zone where it had consultations with both the party elders and the youths before signatures were collected.
When asked of what becomes the faith of the recently elected senator for the zone in the just concluded bye-election in August, Dr Shem Nuhu Zagbayi , he said Governor Aliyu like any other citizen of the country is free to contest election into any elective position in the country.
He said already the people of Suleja, through the Vice Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Mamman Gombo, has said that the Suleja Emirate has conceded the contest to Governor Aliyu if he wanted to contest even though Dr Zagbayi is from the Suleja Emirate.
“More over the Chief Servant never came out to say he wanted to contest the Governor’s seat he is occupying today but the people of the state asked him to come and contest, and the same people are now asking him again to come and represent them at the Senate come 2015” he declared.