January 15, (THEWILL) – The All progressives Congress governorship candidate in Sokoto state, Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto, has said that the party’s struggle to reclaim its stolen mandate in the forthcoming governorship election, is in the best interest of people of the state.
The APC candidate was speaking while addressing his supporters, who turned out in large numbers to welcome him to Gidan Igwai area of Sokoto-North Local Government Area.
According to him, the ruling party in the last seven years has been responsible for the current state of backwardness and under-development the state is currently facing.
Aliyu added that in the last seven and half years of its government, the PDP-led government in Sokoto has nothing to show despite the huge resources it has received from the federation account.
“In the last seven years the PDP-led government in Sokoto only succeeded in making the State the poorest in the country.
“For some time now, the state has been in the forefront each time poverty indices are released by the National Bureau of Statistics.”
This, he said, is as a result of poor governance and lack of political will by those steering the ship of the state.
“I bet you no administration in the past received one third of what the current administration has received, yet nothing to show.”
Aliyu further blamed the inability of the current system to lift people out of poverty through job creation and interest-free loans as another factor responsible for the current state of poverty the state is facing.
“Our struggle to reclaim our stolen mandate is aimed at bringing back the lost glory of our dear state”, he added.
Aliyu added that sokoto had witnessed quite a number of developmental projects and transformations by the past two administrations that led the state from 1999 to 2007, but expressed dismay over the current administration’s inability to maintain the gesture.
He cited an example with the Wamakko-led administration, which executed several developmental projects where a number of roads, hospitals, schools, mosques, farm implements and a host of others were provided across the state.
This, he said, was in addition to a massive skills acquisition programme in which hundreds of unemployed youths were trained on different skills acquisition and supported with stipends to set up their own business.
He vowed to bring back those programmes if elected and charged APC supporters to redouble efforts in mobilising support to the party.
Various speakers during the visit vowed to work assiduously for the success of APC at the polls.