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Gaidam Is Not A Desperate Leader – Aide

Posted: May 25, 2015 at 12:01 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Mohammed Alkali Sarki is the Senior Special Assistant to Yobe State Governor on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs. In this interview with Mohammed Abubakar, he speaks on the state All Progressives Congress Party (APC’s) victory in the last elections and expectations of Yobe people from the new government after May 29 among other issues.



Why did you dump the PDP for APC in Yobe State?

Yeah! Thank you. The reason why I dumped PDP and joined APC is that, I observed PDP has no concrete leadership in the state; you see, while I was in the PDP I contested two times for state Assembly position to represent Potiskum Central Constituency. Prior to the primary election we were asked to purchase a form at N1,200,000; we paid another N200,000  tax to the party, we succumbed to all their needs but surprisingly we discovered that the candidates have been chosen without any consultation nor primary election. I am vying for state Assembly; Sulayman Castro is vying for House of Representatives (Nangere/Potiskum Federal Constituency), Haruna Bawa Waziri, Samaila Musa and Abdu Bukar Gadaka all these are contestants that were not given the opportunity to try their luck. This was so amazing to us. The same thing applies to the gubernatorial primaries where Dr. Yerima Lawal Ngama purchased a form, Alhaji Hassan Kafayos,  Alhaji Ibrahim Talba Adamu Maina Waziri all  bought the form for Yobe PDP governorship contest but when the election drew closer the aspirants did not know the yardstick used in choosing the governorship candidate of the PDP in Yobe.

I am aware about 500 delegates are responsible for producing the governorship candidate but only 25 people sat and produced the candidate. Those denied the chance went to court but it did not work, they followed all legal process of pursuing their right but is all in vain. So, after studying the situation in the party I decided to quit immediately and joined APC and I was appointed Senior Special Assistant to Yobe State Governor on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs. I noticed that in APC there is honesty and transparency, people were allowed to make their choice and this is democracy.

It seems PDP was worried when you left the party, can say why they felt your exit?

Yes, I knew they would feel my absence because I have thousands of youths behind me, I control the majority of youths in my constituency, I assist many of them, I do not run away from their problems.

In your capacity as Governor’s aide, what are your plans for the youths in Yobe?

Yes, we have lofty of policies and programmes aimed at alleviating poverty among our teeming youth but we would start with resettling our Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), we would return them to their places after empowering them, then we encourage our youths to further their education, we would give them scholarship allowance and would also create means of engaging them in trades that would meet their daily needs. I spoke with Governor Gaidam and he assured us of entertaining all meaningful suggestions that would improve the lives of our people.

Specifically, what do you have for the youths?

Education, job creation and scholarship and other things that will empower them and give them sense of belonging in the society. We will continue to advise the Governor on policies and programmes that would benefit our youth; this is going to solve the insurgency menace we are facing in the state. We commend Governor Gaidam’s gesture to the youth for providing them with N15,000 monthly.

Any message to the people of the Yobe State?

Yes, I call on them to support Yobe State Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, let them have the faith that leadership comes from God and God chose him to steer the affairs of the state. Let all of us join hands with him to deliver. Yobe is our beloved state, our doors are always open for advice and suggestions irrespective of party difference.

What can you say on the speculations that Governor Gaidam would be sworn in for a third term?

As far as we are concerned, the elections held in Yobe were free, fair, peaceful and credible. INEC cleared our Governor before he contested and he has been served with certificate of return, also by INEC. If he has problem or legal problem he wouldn’t have been cleared by INEC, all the speculations and rumors you have been hearing are political gimmick and mischief from the opposition.

As far as I am concerned, Gaidam’s new government is legal and legitimate. People should know that Gaidam is not a desperate leader; he was democratically elected by people of Yobe. They have confidence in him, they know what he has done for them. Go to our hospitals and see pregnant women and children being treated free of charge, accident victims too receive free treatment, scholarship were given to our students to study in universities across Nigeria and abroad.

Go round and see road construction, agriculture, housing, enhanced civil service, we promptly pay our workers salary. The achievements of Gaidam are too numerous to mention here; he shoulders the responsibility of all the security outfits and spent up to N15 billion in restoring peace.