Niger State governor, Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu yesterday took a retrospective look at his two-term administration and concluded that “we did our best” in the service to the people of Niger State.
“Let me restate that you deserve the appreciation of our party for giving us the chance of serving you and doing the job in the last 16 years however tough.
“I believe we did our best given the circumstances and succeeded in moving Niger state away from where we found it in 1999. In fact you deserve my deepest personal gratitude for giving me the opportunity to win your trust by electing me as a two-term governor since 2007.”
Governor Aliyu made the remarks in a broadcast to the people of the state yesterday during which he congratulated the governor-elect of the state, Alhaji Abubakar Bello of the All Progressives Congress, APC, who was declared winner earlier Monday morning by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Bello had defeated the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate in the election, Alhaji Umar Mohammed Nasko.
He said the outcome of the election which threw up the APC candidate as his successor come May 29 this year, “demonstrates the entrenchment of democracy in our country in which the people have the ultimate say in determining their leaders.”
Governor Aliyu continued in the broadcast that “I remain grateful to you and assure you that I will continue to give my best in the service of Niger state in whatever capacity I find myself in the future.”
He charged the governor-elect and his supporters to “rejoice with what Allah has done for them but remember to focus on the attainment of the collective development aspirations of Nigerlites as governance is a continuous unending process.”
In the same vein, he called on members of the PDP “not to be despair with the outcome of the elections as Allah gives and takes power at will,” suggesting that they should all join hands for the rebuilding of the party to meet future challenges.
Aliyu called on the people of the state to continue to remain law abiding and peace loving because “we have no other state than Niger State; as such we must be more security conscious at all times,” assuring that government would continue to support the security agencies in the state to effectively discharge their duties.
The governor commended the Independent National Electoral Commission for conducting what he called “a credible electoral process which has the potential of improving our national image in the international community.”


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