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Maku desperate to become Nasarawa governor because of security votes, Gov. Sule alleges

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Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/ibrahim.ramalana, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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The governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule, has alleged that the sole motive the former Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, is seeking to govern the state is to be collecting security votes and nothing more.

Earlier, Mr Maku, a 2019 APGA governorship candidate in the state, had accused Mr Sule of collecting N300 million as monthly security votes and yet while people are being killed in the state.

Reacting through his Senior Special Assistant on Project Monitoring and Evaluation, Kassim Muhammad-Kassim, the governor denied receiving over N300 million monthly as security votes without any justification for it.

He said: “Maku’s allegations have exposed his emptiness before the public and people of the state that his only reasons for seeking to govern the state is to collect security votes and nothing more.

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“People like Maku are still living in the era when security votes were the property of a governor. It is unfortunate that he is still ignorant.

“In Nasarawa State, security vote doesn’t even get to the governor in bulk. The SSG’s office collects and shares the money to all the security agencies.

“It is disappointing that Maku wants to be a governor because of security votes, but he will be shocked if he will ever be a governor because the system has been sanitised,” the governor maintained.

He, however, described Mr Maku as a serial governorship aspirant who is seeking blind attention and has never seen anything good in any administration in the state except the one that he had served as a commissioner and deputy governor respectively.

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“It is on records that prior to the coming into office of this administration, there have been security challenges between herders/farmers mostly in the southern zone. The Egbira/Bassa communal crisis in the western zone, which has claimed several lives and destroy properties.

“But this administration has brought permanent peace in these areas and the warring groups have since embraced the peace initiative of our administration.

“Banditry and other criminal activities, which used to be the order of the day in the state is now a thing of the past and massive investments have been attracted into the state, which have taken a lot of youths off the street,” Mr Sule maintained.

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He, therefore, advised electorates in the state to reject the former information minister during the 2023 governorship election, as “Maku’s desperate ambition to govern Nasarawa State is for his selfish interest.”

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