Tunde Bolaji – Minna
A Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP in Niger state, Barrister Tanko Beji has declared that the five years that the All Progressives Congress APC government of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has been at the helms of affairs of governance has changed nothing in the state.
According to him ,” most roads in the state are still in deplorable states while people cannot sleep with their two eyes closed as a result of bandits attacks.”
The party chieftain who is also a chairmanship aspirant made known the position of the PDP while speaking to newsmen in Minna decried the present situation whereby the morale of people in the state has been very low because the APC has not given the ” much promised change
” They (APC) has not lived up to expectation, they should have done better, the people have learnt they will do what is right at the right time”
However he commended the people of the state for their patience and resilience in the face of these daunting challenges in the last five years assuring that ” very soon things will change for the better”
Beji who is seeking reelection as chairman of the party for a second term urged party faithful to eschew ethnic and religious considerations while making their choice of new leaders for the party.
He said the party has in the last couple of years operated as one indivisible family notwithstanding the areas of the state its leadership come from warning that any attempt to bring religion and ethnicity into our affairs will spell doom for us. (PDP)
He reminded the supporters of the party that most national officers of the party from the state are presently from one ethnic nationality with all of us lending them our support .
He declared ” we should not truncate the peace and unity we have in our party now with ethnic and religious considerations”.
The PDP chieftain claimed he has already traversed 19 out of the 25 local government areas of the state adding that from what the people are saying ” I am optimistic that I will be returned as chairman” .
He pointed out that most of the leaders of the party in the three senatorial zones of the state are on his campaign team indicating their ” support for me”
He promised to carry out a major reform of the party if reelected stressing that a reward system for all that contribute to the growth of the party will be introduced even as he also said that the administration of the party will be taken to the grassroot where the people are.
Beji threw his weight behind the zoning of elective and party positions because “zoning has made it easy for us to determine which area of the state should get any position at a given time”.