Thursday, 30 October 2014

Benue 2015: Chief Steven Lawani, other aspirants pick Benue governorship form

The Benue state Deputy Governor, Mr. Stephen Lawani, has reportedly picked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) nomination and expression of interest forms, in order to contest the state governorship election come 2015.

He was said to have picked the forms at the PDP national headquarters yesterday in Abuja. He told newsmen that he was motivated to join the race, having consulted with the state’s stakeholders and its present governor.
Lawani explained that, having worked with Governor Gabriel Suswam, the state’s present governor and understudied him, he knows what the people of the state needed. He added that the people of the state will be safer in his hands if given a chance.

“I have served the state and I know the in and out and I believe am the right person to govern the state.’’

He expressed further that Gov. Suswan, , had laid the foundation for the economic advancement of the state which he intends to build on if he was elected as the state governor in 2015.

In a statement released by Daily Sun, it was stated that Mr Simon Anchaver, another aspirant from Benue, was also at the PDP headquarters to pick the forms. He promised to declare free education at all level, if he was elected as the next governor of the state in 2015.

According to Anchaver, he decided to run on PDP`s ticket because of the party`s popularity in Benue, adding that he has a structure strong enough in the state, to enable him win the party`s ticket to contest its governorship in 2015.

Anchaver, who is the National President, Agric and Allied Employees Union of Nigeria, however said that he would consolidate on the achievements of the state`s present government to take it to the next level of development. He also promised to provide monthly allowance to the aged and widows in the state if given a chance to be Governor.

Dr Gabriel Nyitse, another aspirant who had worked in the Benue state civil service for 22 years was also at the PDP national headquarters to pick the forms to join the race of the Benue governorship election in 2015.

Nyitse, who retired in January as a Permanent Secretary, promised to make agriculture more attractive and profitable and also create employment for the people if elected. He said he was running for the state`s governorship position to positively affect the lives of the people of the state.

He added that priority will be given to electricity generation in the state, by building hydro power station if elected.

However, he said that he would agree to a consensus candidate if the process was transparent, free and fair.

Another aspirant from Benue, Mr Felix Atume,was also at the PDP headquarters to pick the forms to contest the state governorship position.

He told newsmen that if elected, he would look at Benue beyond oil and ensure mechanised agriculture in the state to make it more attractive to the youths. He also said that he would utilise the human and mineral resources in the state positively, to the benefit the Benue people.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that eight other aspirants had earlier, picked the PDP forms to contest the Benue governorship election in 2015.

The aspirants are to contest for the party ticket at its primaries slated for Nov. 29, ahead of the governorship poll in 2015.

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