Wednesday, May 24, 2017 7:58 am
Alhaji Ahmed Wadada, a two-term PDP member of the House of Representatives, who recently defected to the APC, has begun consultations toward contesting the Nasarawa governorship seat in 2019.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Wadada took his preliminary consultations to the Nasarawa House of Assembly on Tuesday in Lafia, where he formally informed the legislators of his ambition.
“My visit is to fraternize with members and inform the House of my intention to contest the state’s governorship seat come 2019,” he said.
While soliciting their support, he commended the legislators for their cordial working relationship with the executive arm, saying that it had sped up development and quality governance.
Wadada appealed to Nasarawa residents to respect constituted authority and embrace peace irrespective of ethnic, religious and political affiliation.
Responding, the Speaker, Ibrahim Balarabe-Abdullahi, said that the floor was open for aspirants to test their popularity, stressing that no one had been anointed by any group.
“The House will support any credible candidate capable of bringing the much desired development; at the right time, we shall sit down, examine the options, and make our stance known,” he said.
He urged the aspirant to play by the rules in the interest of peace and national development.
NAN reports that Wadada, a businessman, contested the Nasarawa South senatorial seat in the 2015 general, losing narrowly to then incumbent and former Nasarawa Governor, Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu, by a very narrow margin.