By Our Reporter
Senator representing Nasarawa South and immediate past governor of Nasarawa State, Senator Umaru Tanko Al-makura has described the state as lucky to have two renowned professionals as governor and deputy governor.
Senator Al-makura stated this on Sunday while playing host to a mammoth crowd of supporters who came to celebrate with him at the Engineer Abdullahi Sule campaign office along Jos road, Lafia, over his recent victory at the election petition tribunal.
The lawmaker said Nasarawa State is lucky to have Engineer Abdullahi Sule as governor and Dr. Emmanuel Akabe as deputy governor, two professionals, an engineer and a medical doctor, that have made their marks in their fields of endeavor.
“You can search across the country and you will not find where two core professionals are both governor and deputy governor,” the former governor said. Senator Al-makura said it’s a thing of pride for Nasarawa State to have these two global personalities as leaders.
He called on the people of the state to rally round and support the All Progressives Congress (APC) administrations both at the federal and state level, stressing that Engineer Sule is poised to bring even more development to the state.
“He is a leader with ample experience and has a global outlook from his work across the world. Support his administration so that he can bring more development to our state,” Al-makura stated.
Senator Al-makura added that Engineer Sule will bring to bear his vast experience, knowledge and vision as the incumbent governor takes the state to the Next Level.
The former governor urged the people of the state to ignore the antics of some disgruntled elements seeking to instigate misunderstanding between him and his successor, stressing that there is no problem if the incumbent governor seeks advise from former leaders or any citizen of the state so long as such advice will move both state and people forward.
Commenting on the recent judgement at the election petition tribunal, where the tribunal dismissed the petition filed by Senator Solomon Adokwe of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), challenging his victory durng the February 23 election, Al-makura predicated his victory on the failure of the petitioner to establish his case as well as the submissions of his lawyers that convinced the tribunal to uphold the election.
He noted that the judgement of the tribunal confirmed his election as being free and fair.
While showing appreciation to God for the victory at the tribunal, Senator Al-makura thanked his supporters cutting across the five local governments making up the Nasarawa South senatorial district.
“You supported me when I was governor for eight years and your continued support motivated me to seek election to represent you at the Senate. It’s now that Nasarawa South will know it has a representative at the Senate,” Al-makura told the tumultuous crowd.
The lawmaker further urged the people to shun the divisive politics of tribe, calling on them to unite together as they endeavor to move the state forward.
Speaking at the occasion, leader of the APC in Nasarawa South and state deputy governor, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe, congratulated the former governor on his victory at the tribunal while also thanking the supporters for the show of love.
The deputy governor assured the people of the determination of the Engineer Abdullahi Sule administration to justify the confidence reposed in them.
Supporters of the former governor thronged from across the five local government areas of Awe, Obi, Keana Doma and Lafia, as well as from the other two senatorial zones, to converge at the Engineer A. A. Sule campaign office to celebrate with the lawmaker on his recent victory at the tribunal.
The National and State Assemblies Election Petition Tribunal sitting on Lafia, dismissed for lack of merit, a petition filed by Senator Adokwe of the PDP challenging the victory of Senator Al-makura for Nasarawa South senatorial election.