15 November 2000

Nigeria: Ex-administrator Joins Politics, Declares for PDP

Lagos — Two time military administrator of Bauchi and Sokoto states respectively, Navy Captain Rasheed Raji (Rtd.) has joined politics. The retired Naval officer, who ruled the two states for four years between 1994 - 1998 at the weekend in Abeokuta, his home town, declared for the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Raji who arrived the town in his white Lexus car with registration number Lagos AM 367 FST, was accepted into the party at the local government level as required by law.

Speaking with newsmen shortly after his declaration at the PDP, Abeokuta South Local Government Secretariat located in Itoku, the former administrator said pressure from his community attracted him into politics.

"I joined politics because of pressure from my community. They have been calling on me for a long time. If they don't like me they would not want me to be part of them, Raji stated

He said that he joined PDP having been convinced by his community and in addition with his experience as former administrator, he still believes that he has contributions to make to the development of the nation.

"I believe with my experience as a two time administrator, I should have a little contribution to make to the development of the state and Nigeria, "Raji emphasised.

The retired military officer added that "with this in mind I decided to join PDP where I can function on any platform" He said that he was not over ambitious and would not lobby for position within the party.

On his military colleagues that may be nursing idea of a coup, Raji advised that they should avoid such risk, as people would revolt.

He said "democracy is the in-thin all over the world. I don't think with the set up we have now any sensible person will wake up for coup. Infact people will revolt. Gentlemen, just don't think about it."

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