Candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in the April 11 governorship polls in Nasarawa State, Labaran Maku, has warned that any move made to swear-in Governor Tanko Al-Makura for a second term on Friday, May 29, will be an illegality and will not stand.
Gov. Al-Makura was the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC. He floored Maku and Yusuf Agabi of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to emerge winner of the governorship poll.
Maku, who addressed a press conference yesterday in Abuja, insisted that he was robbed of his victory in the polls and called on Al-Makura not to take the oath of office as the governor-elect.
The former Information Minister noted that his victory in the election was purely on merit, noting that Al-makura had performed poorly and was no longer wanted by the majority of people of the state.
“I hope that he will hear the clarion call of God and not step into that office on May 29, because he did not win the election. As far as the people of Nasarawa State and the voting that took place that day are concerned, and far as God almighty who presides over the affairs of man is concerned, the tenure of Governor Tanko Al-Makura ceases on the 28 May, 2015.
“In 2011, Governor Al-Makura contested and defeated an incumbent Governor who had more resources than him, and he left office peacefully in respect to the aspirations of the people.
“President Goodluck Jonathan has vacated the office of the Presidency just to respect the wishes of the people. Why is it that in Nasarawa State, people still exist in stolen tenure and mandate?”
He maintained that Al-Makura had deliberately stolen the mandate of the people as he (Maku) was clearly the desired candidate and the people’s choice.
“It was obvious that I won the April 11 governorship election, because during my campaign, everywhere I went the people were definitely tired and wanted change, and nine out of the 13 LGAs, there was evidence of destruction that has existed for the past four years.
“The people wanted change, they were tired of the violence and insurgency, and everywhere I went, there were records of people being killed silently either in their farms or on the way to the market.
“So, as I am talking to you now, these killings have continued, even since the election. Before the election, the scenario in Nasarawa State was such that people were looking for who will bring peace back to the State and my campaign was on the platform of peace, unity, development and recovery from the violence.
“I gave the State a clear direction and so when voting started, there were no surprise that even in the three senatorial zones the people massively voted for us. Therefore, at the collation centres where the results were changed, everybody is in a state of mourning. Nobody has raised a flag that they won an election, in fact, they were advised to stay indoors, because of the contrary results”.