No fewer than 168 wards across Taraba State have pulled their weight behind the liaison officer of the federal government at the United Nation Commission, Alhaji Aliyu Umar for the Gubernatorial seat ahead of 2019.
The Group who addressed newsmen at the national Secretariat of the APC, was led by the former federal lawmaker, Hon. Kabiru Jalo, said the state had been through a very turbulent period due to what he described as poor leadership which the group believe would be corrected by Aliyu Umar.
Jalo stated that the decision to the pick the governorship Expression of Interest and Nomination forms for the UN official was bore out of the deliberation with the 168 wards on the kind of leadership they would experience in the next 4years before finally settling for Umar.
“So truly in our own case our candidate was pushed forward by the people and for the very first time we have a coalition which comprises of tne 168 wards in all the local government with one person representing each of the ward to ask our principal to step forward to run for the office of the governor under the APC. Our principal accepted the call from the people to step forward and declared to run for the office, so we came here to pick the form for our principal.”
He disclosed that the group came under a political association in Taraba state that is known as New Taraba Agenda, brought in stakeholders from across the state and looked around independently, bringing in objective minds to look at the issues in Taraba state and determine what is the way forward noted that this singular act would remain unprecedented.
“We have done something in Taraba state that is unprecedented in the political history of the state. We wouldn’t let it go unnoticed because it is important to us, in trying to do what is right, in trying to deepening our democracy especially in Taraba state.
According to him, “We brought in representatives from the 168 wards to come together and endorse a candidate that can move the state forward. So what we have done is a complete different approach to what we used to have. Our candidate is the candidate of the people, we came together and asked him to run, of course every politician will say that people asked him or her to run but in this case we tried to make it real by bringing in the people to deliberate and search for a fit candidate.
When asked to comment on the reported division in Taraba APC, Jalo said: “The elite might be divided but we can tell you that the people who form the hub of the party in the state are not divided. The division among the elites is inconsequential to our people.”
Born in Jalingo in December 1st, 1959, Umar graduated in 1980 with a BSc in Land Surveying. A registered member of Council of Surveyors of Nigeriaa nd member of Institute of Surveyors, he is currently engaged as the liason officer of the federal government of Nigeria at the United Nations Commission on the limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) in New York.