Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Nasarawa LG Polls - 'No Imposition of Candidates'

Nasarawa State government yesterday foreclosed that it will impose candidates in the forthcoming local government election in the state, saying the idea is "anti-people and retrogressive."

Speaking against the backdrop of insinuations of an alleged plan by the state governor, Alhaji Umaru Tanko Al-Makura to formally build a political structure in the state through imposition of candidates during the council election, the Executive Chairman of Nasarawa State Universal Basic Education Board(NSUBEB), Malam Abdulkarim Abdullahi, said al-Makura believe that political structures are earned by confidence-building through people-oriented projects and not through imposition of candidates.

Malam Abdullahi said the governor is a product of "people's power and therefore symbol of democracy," noting that al-Makura would continue to strive to upheld the democratic tenet that brought him to power.

"He doesn't believe in godfather and godson syndrome where the interest of the people is mortgaged and the business of governance is survival of the fittest.

"A political godson who is not responsible to the people will not run open and transparent government. Rather a closed system approach is adopted to alienate the people from governance; we have seen that in the state and al-Makura is going to guard against such misnomer by providing a level playing fielding during the council election," he noted.

Malam Abdullahi said those spreading the rumour of an alleged plan to imposie candidates are "mischief makers, who are finding it difficult to impose their corrupt ways through government machinery at all cost.

"Al-Makura is accountable to the people whose mandate he is currently holding, he cannot afford to subvert their will through undemocratic acts like imposition of candidates", he assured.

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