3 February 2005

Nigeria: 2007: You're On Your Own, Kure Tells Kontagora

Minna — Barely three hours after General Mamman Kontagora declared his presidential ambition for 2007, the Governor of Niger State, Engineer Abdulkadir Kure, says the former Federal Capital Minister is on his own.

Kontagora on Tuesday formally declared his intention to run the 2007 general election in Minna, Niger State, capital, while fielding questioners from newsmen and in a swift reaction Kure said the state has only one presidential candidate.

According to the governor, the former Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, sole administrator, though an indigene of the state, is an Abuja based politicians, who has no political base in Niger State.

"For us in Niger State, we have only one presidential candidate and that candidate is not General Mamman Kontagora. Though Kontagora was born, grew up and educated in Kontagora, but now has his political base in Abuja, where he contested the senatorial election in 2003", Kure declare.

Though the governor failed to disclose the name of the only presidential candidate from the state, when asked by newsman. He only said, "are you telling me, you don't know our presidential candidate in this state? You are here and should be the one, to tell the whole world who our candidate is," Kure responded.

Declaring his presidential ambition, Kontagora debunked the insinuation that he was in the race as a spoiler, against the presidential prospect of General Ibrahim Babangida, who also hails from Niger state in 2007.

Meanwhile Emir of Minna, Alhaji Umar Farouq Bahago has assured all presidential aspirants for 2007 general elections of fairness, as the Niger State Traditional Council has vowed not to take side with any of them.

The royal father makde this declaration in Minna Wednesday when playing host to a delegation of Nigerian youths campaigning for General Ibrahim Babangida 2007 presidential election in his palace.

According to the monarch, royal fathers in the state have resolved not to take side with any aspirant for the office of the presidency come 2007, until a successor to president Olusegun Obasanjo was elected by the people.

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