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I will make Jigawa work without federal allocations — Mustapha Lamido

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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP governorship candidate in Jigawa State, Mustapha Sule Lamido, has promised to lay foundation for the state to survive without federal allocations.

Mr Lamido, who holds the traditional title of Santurakin Dutse, made the pledge in an article he wrote, titled; My Vision for Jigawa State (I) and published in some newspapers on Monday.

According to him, in the last four years, he had been working with other stakeholders within and outside the PDP to produce a 35-year development plan for Jigawa State similar to what was done in Lagos.

He vowed to make Jigawa a state that would compete with Lagos, Kano and Ogun states in terms of development if elected as governor in 2023 elections.

“My primary aim as governor is to lay a solid foundation for a united and sustainable Jigawa State, a prosperous Jigawa that will not rely on federal allocations for survival, a Jigawa that will one day compete with Lagos, Kano and Ogun State.

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“I aspire to galvanize the necessary support that will transform Jigawa into one big family with love and respect for each other. With the right policies in place, I foresee a Jigawa for all without discrimination and divisions, a united state with common purpose for progress and development.

“If the Jigawa people give me a chance I will work with all the state’s elders and stakeholders irrespective of their political affiliations to unify our people across all emirates.

“By the Grace of Allah, my administration will create and sustain a conducive atmosphere where a person from Dutse or Ringim will see others from Hadejia, Kazaure or Gumel as one with the same love and care that he has for people of his own emirate. The current divisions are unnecessary as they were created to divide the people and divert their attention from the real issues.

“In the last four years, I have been working with other stakeholders in and outside the PDP to produce a 35-year development plan for Jigawa State similar to what was done in Lagos. I am pleased to inform you that we already have a draft.

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“My plan if you elect me is to call a conference of Jigawa stakeholders which will afford all concerned citizens the opportunity to give input into the development plan.

“Traditional rulers, politicians, professionals, academicians, entrepreneurs and everyone concerned will be asked to provide input before having it passed as law by the State House of Assembly. Once it becomes law, every subsequent governor will have no option but to implement it,” he added.

Mr Lamido pointed out that If given the chance, his administration would ensure justice and fairness through equitable distribution of government presence, promising that “I will not favour any community over the other, neither will I allow individuals to be favoured over other individuals.”

“I may not be perfect as a human, but I will do anything within my possible best to ensure that no citizen of Jigawa State is discriminated against in his own state. I will initiate and execute a governance and institutions reform to reposition government organs to serve the people with the aim of building and improving upon them.

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“From now to elections, I will be communicating my vision to the Jigawa people with hope of convincing them on good policies and principles on why I want to serve them as governor. I will like to persuade them to listen to me and understand me so that they can have an objective reason why they will vote for me as governor in the forthcoming 2023 general elections,” Mr Lamido said in the piece.

The gubernatorial candidate dismissed the assertion that his candidacy was a family affair, saying whoever reads his manifesto, would not doubt his competence and commitment to develop the state.

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