By Our Reporter
Nasarawa State governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule has extended the olive branch to members of the opposition political parties, urging them to join hands together with his administration towards developing the state.
Engineer Sule made the call on Monday while hosting chairmen of the thirteen local government areas in the state who paid him a courtesy call at the Government House.
The council chairmen were at the Lafia Government House to welcome the governor back from his trip to the 74th United Nations General Assembly in New York, as well as congratulate him on his recent victories at both the election petition tribunal and Supreme Court.
Engineer Sule, who was commenting on the recent victory he recorded at the state governorship election petition tribunal, used the opportunity to call every citizen of the state, including members of the opposition political parties, to join him and work together for the development of the state.
“I think, we are now putting Nasarawa on a course of development and we are making global impact, we are taking information about Nasarawa all the way to the UN and discussing with the various SDGs in order for people to understand that Nasarawa exists and Nasarawa is on the map and Nasarawa has a focus and direction.
“If that is the case, we cannot do it alone, we need everybody with various knowledge to come together to do that. Therefore, I am using the opportunity to call on all good people of Nasarawa, irrespective of religion, age or political affiliations, to come together so we can develop our state. Because our state needs to be developed,” the governor stated.
He recalled that on receiving the news of his victory at the tribunal, he immediately reached out to Hon. David Ombugadu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), urging him to see the judgement as a victory for all.
“I sent a special text message to my brother, the PDP candidate, David Ombugadu and informed him that in reality, he should take the victory for all of us,” Engineer Sule said.
The governor equally used the moment to show appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for selecting him to be part of the delegation that escorted the President to New York for the 74th UNGA.
“We have to thank Mr. President for selecting the governor of Nasarawa among the two governors that escorted him to this special assembly,” he said.
Earlier, Chairman of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Alhaji Aminu Muazu Maifata, who doubles as Chairman of Lafia Local Government Area, said they were at the Government House to specially welcome Engineer Sule back from his trip outside the country, as well as congratulate him over his victories at both the lower tribunal and the Supreme Court.
Recall that only recently, the state governorship election petition tribunal dismissed the petition filed by Hon. Ombugadu of the PDP, challenging the election of Engineer Sule. Also, the Supreme Court in Abuja, dismissed the petition filed by Mr. Labaran Maku of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).