Niger State governor-elect, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello yesterday said without the tutelage he had under the outgoing Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, he would not have had the courage to contest for governorship.
Speaking yesterday in Minna at a formal handover ceremony by the outgoing governor, Bello said he would remain one of the students of Governor Aliyu, adding that as a former commissioner, serving under the outgoing governor taught him a lot about governance.
“I am one of the students of Governor Aliyu. I thank God for the opportunity to serve as governor after the brief experience I had with the chief servant regarding some aspects of life.
“Governor Aliyu has exposed me to public service and I feel indebted to him. Without my experience with him, I would not have contemplated vying for councillor talk less of a governor.”
The governor-elect appreciated the outgoing governor for the smooth handover and take over process from one administration to another.
He called on Aliyu to always avail himself to guide and counsel the incoming administration whenever he was needed.
“I hope he will continue to guide and counsel us and hope he will not get tired of us when we call on him.”
In his address, Governor Aliyu said he was happy that the one who is taking over from him is someone from his cabinet, adding that the transition was from a father to a son.
“This is a transition from a brother to a brother and a father to a son. Abubakar Sani Bello was a member of my chamber even if his stay was brief.‎ Elections are over; now administration must start, we must bury our hatchet and ensure things work out for good.”
Governor Aliyu also held a valedictory executive council meeting where he bade his council members farewell, saying he was happy to have worked with them for the past eight years.