Niger State Governor, Muazu Babangida Aliyu has maintained that the Governorship ticket of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is not for the highest bidder, adding that those who think that they are rich and can buy votes were in for a surprise.
According to Aliyu who made this known in Kontagora, Friday, at the Commissioning of the Kontagora township road and street light as well as 10 kilometers of road projects constructed in the 11 wards of the local government area; the governorship seat has been zoned to the Niger North Senatorial District.
While the Kontagora road and township light projects cost the government over N1.9bn, the 110 kilometer road projects were executed at over N710m. The projects were inaugurated by the Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora, Alhaji Saidu Namaska.
Aliyu assured all those gunning for the ticket that the slot was not for sale to the highest bidder just as he maintained that the PDP will not buy votes during the election proper; insisting that the right of the people to make their choice freely would be respected.
The Governor however advised the people of Kontagora and Borgu emirates which make up the Niger North senatorial district to be wary of people going round the communities seeking their support just because they have money.
“I warn you to be wary of some people who want to buy you because their parents are rich; examine those seeking your votes and see their contributions to the state before taking a decision”, he advised.
He also used the occasion to dispel the claim of non performance levelled against his administration by the opposition in the state, saying that since the administration came on board in 2007, it has continued to pay as at when due, the salaries and allowances of all categories of workers’ from cleaners to the permanent secretaries’, apart from other projects that have been executed for the benefit of the average Nigerlite.
He claimed that some states in the country under the opposition party have not been able to pay workers salaries for upward of 18 months, submitting that when workers were not paid as at when due, it would create opportunity for fraud in the public service.
Aliyu also defended the decision of the government to go to the capital market to obtain loan; explaining that the N15bn already collected has been used to provide basic infrastructural facilities in the three senatorial districts, thereby fast tracking their developments.
Government, he said, has been paying back the loan as at when due while all the projects would be completed on schedule and according to specifications.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Alhaji Muazu Bawa had told the gathering that government embarked on the construction of 10 kilometers of roads in each of the 25 local government areas of the state to open the areas to development and boost the economic lives of the people.
Bawa said the state recently awarded the Badeggi-Katcha road project, adding that the contractor has already mobilised to site.
Meanwhile the Governor has renamed the old Lagos road, the Nagwamase drive and the FCE Kontagora road as Mamman Kontagora road in honour of the former Minister of Works, Major General Mammam Tsoho Kontagora who died recently.