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Why I want to be a senator, by Wamakko


SOKOTO State Governor and the All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial candidate in the April elections, Alhaji Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, has said that his desire to be in Senate is not for personal interest but for the purpose of serving the entire country.

   The governor, while fielding questions at the correspondents’ forum said, “I am not seeking election into the Senate to go and make money but to make a difference. I am not going to buy new cars for my family and myself. I am not going there as a hungry man, so I intend to make impact from day one.”

According to him, having served at the state level, his ambition was now to serve the whole country.

He stated that his two terms as governor and interactions in the governors’ fora have equipped him to make meaningful contributions to the enactment of good laws for the good governance of the country.

He said that as people who could not easily be intimidated, they would discuss issues on merit and would not pander to parochial interests.

He said he would strive to ensure the passage of quality laws and implementation to the letter of all budgetary provisions.

He lamented that despite huge provisions for security in the federal budgets, the states still end up doling out assistance to the security agencies.

Wamakko said that if elected into the Senate he would push for more devolution of power and resources to states and local governments so as to improve on their performance in view of their proximity to the grassroots.

He disclosed that he refused to host the media tour team during the tenure of Emma Maku as Information Minister because of the paucity of federal projects in the state.

He again justified the emergence of APC in the nation’s political terrain saying that it was a child of necessity just as the late General Sani Abacha described his regime.

He said that with the existence of two major viable political parties the nation has put behind it the tribal parties of yesteryears and could compare with what obtained in the U.S., Britain and other advanced democracies of the world.

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