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Governors not fighting NASS members on direct primary, says Bagudu

By Ayodele Afolabi, Ado-Ekiti
28 November 2021   |   4:03 am
The Governor of Kebbi State, Senator Atiku Bagudu, has said that the controversy surrounding the amendment to the Electoral Act to accommodate direct primary didn’t connote that the governors were at loggerheads with the National Assembly members.

[FILES] Bagudu

The Governor of Kebbi State, Senator Atiku Bagudu, has said that the controversy surrounding the amendment to the Electoral Act to accommodate direct primary didn’t connote that the governors were at loggerheads with the National Assembly members.

Bagudu described the divergent views exhibited by the governors and federal lawmakers on the matter as democracy in action and not division or fight between the states’ Chief executives and federal parliamentarians.

Also, the governor of Sokoto state and Vice Chairman, Nigeria’s Governors forum, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has canvassed for unity among diverse Nigerians for radical development, saying development of any nation doesn’t recognise parties, ethnicities and religions.

Governors Bagudu and Tambuwal, accompanied by their counterpart from Jigawa State, Governor Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, spoke at various locations in Ekiti, while commissioning road projects initiated by Governor Kayode Fayemi to mark the third anniversary of his administration.

The roads are the Ijan-Igbemo-Ilupeju, Aramoko-Erinjiyan and Oye-Ayede-Isan-Otun roads.

Speaking about development and party politics, Bagudu said: “We are very proud of the achievements of Governor Fayemi in Ekiti. He has initiated quality projects that can stand the test of time for his people and this is a hallmark of a good leader.

“I had also spoken about the issue of direct primary severally. The divergent opinions we had was democracy in action. We are not fighting the national assembly or anybody over direct primary; we were just making our views and concerns known on the matter.”

Tambuwal, a chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party, had while commissioning the Aramoko-Erinjiyan road, averred that Nigerians should associate freely with one another regardless of political inclinations, religion and ethnicity.

“The fact that good governance knows no political party made me come down from Sokoto state to celebrate with my brother, Governor Fayemi to commission this road.

“The fact that Governor Fayemi is providing good leadership has made other 35 governors under NGF have confidence in his leadership and personality.”

In his submission, Fayemi said the commissioning of the road projects were part of the fulfilment of his electioneering campaigns in 2018 to the people to make road infrastructure a priority. 

He said his relationship with Governor Tambuwal should be a lesson to other Nigerians that leadership should be about development of a country and its people and not about politicking alone.