Gov. Sule on “thank-you” visit to Buhari, says APC has brighter chances in Nasarawa

Gov. Sule on “thank-you” visit to Buhari, says APC has brighter chances in Nasarawa

By Ismaila Chafe, Abuja.

 

Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State says the chances of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to retain political power at the national and Nasarawa State levels are “bright and excellent”.

 

The governor made the declaration, while fielding questions from journalists after his closed-doors meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Friday.

 

Sule said: “Is it formula or what are the chances? They are two different things. Formula, I cannot tell you but the chances are bright, our chances are excellent, both at the national and at the state levels.

 

“For us in Nasarawa, if I can speak mostly for Nasarawa, the three senators happen to be from the same party, the governor from the same party, 20 out of the 24 members of House of Assembly; all APC.

 

“We have done the best we can for the state and I think people appreciate that.

 

“So, for that reason, we think our chances are excellent and we strongly believe we should be able to win the election.”

 

Sule said that he was in the Presidential Villa to thank Buhari for approving the establishment of the almost completed Agricultural Machinery Institute and a teaching hospital in Lafia, as well as for his support toward the discovery of crude oil in the state, whose exploitation would start in the next few days.

 

According to him, he equally discussed the preparations for the president’s visit to Nasarawa State on Feb. 4.

 

The governor, who described the political atmosphere in the state as “cool”, lauded politicians in his state for playing by the rules during political campaigns.

 

He said that the state had not experienced so much negative campaigns and the denial of opponents’ access to venues of campaigns.

 

“So far, we have given them the same venues because we want to be fair to everybody, to play clean politics and at the end of the day, whoever God says will be leader will be a leader,” he said.

 

On the Federal Government’s plan to construct Gitata-Panda-Guruku-Mpape Road, as an alternative, shorter route to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the governor blamed the delay in the commencement of the project, listed in the 2022 budget, on funding challenges.

 

He, however, said that the state government had provided a temporary rural road from Gitata to Panda and fixed bridges around Gitata.

 

The governor dismissed certain insinuations that the state government had not given the deserved attention to the development of Karu Local Government Area, which was instrumental to revenue generation in the state, due to its proximity to the FCT.

 

Sule said that a terminal that housed all the motor parks in the neighbourhood had been constructed to reduce the heavy traffic, adding that work had started on the road between Masaka and Luvu where a lot of residents lived.

 

He said: “Directly opposite it, as part of development, we got an investor that is actually building a Shoprite (Store) there and then, we’ll construct a bridge across to link the Shoprite with other roads in the area.

 

“We have done the former Race Course, for some of you who know Wuje, we’re now constructing what we call a Technology Village in the area.

 

“Work has also commenced in that area and I have visited that area personally, about two weeks ago, to see the progress of work.

 

“So, a lot is going on in Karu, but it all depends on what area of work you want to see.”

 

On the National Livestock Transformation Programme (NLTP), Sule said that the state government embraced the initiative, sited in Awe Local Government Area, to promote peace and end the frequent clashes between herders and farmers.

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