If there is one politician of honour ,pride and dignity in Nasarawa state within the governing All progressives congress(APC) who history should be kind to for paying his due to the state and who deserved to be compensated with any elective office of his choice by his party especially the western senetorial seat of the state come 2023,is a two term Reps member and leading APC Gubernatorial aspirant in 2019 Hon.Ahmed Aliyu wadada(Sarkin yakin keffi).
The chairman Peougeout automobile of Nigeria(PAN) stand tall among all those jostling for the seat in all aspect be it popularity,acceptability ,grassroots supports,competence, intellectual prowess, legislative experienced ,records of performance ,love for the common man among others.Even if you put all these qualities aside and assessed the aspirants based on their individual merit, commitments,sacrifices and contributions to the successes of the party in the state none of them can match wadada sacrifices and political standing in Nasarawa politics.
But regretably the party continued to treat him with disdain ,injustice and unfairness despite his sacrifices for the party but as firm believer god and destiny who detest vindictiveness in his brand of politics he continued to embrace those who keep on plotting for his political.downfall and never allowed their antics to affect his relationship with them and his love,sacrifices and contributions to the successes of APC in the state which they all belong a further testimony to his strong political charecter.
As 2023 elections moved towards its crescendour with so many political juggernauts getting set to contest for various elective offices there is no better time than now for Nasarawa APC to compensate this finest Nasarawa politician and committed democrat who has paid his due to the party with the western senetorial ticket of the party in the state especially now that,concensus option is embedded in the new amended electoral bill expected to be signed into law any moment from now by the president which will guide the conduct of 2023 election.
Incase the party have forgotten ,they need to be reminded that wadada the second runner up in 2019 APC gubernatorial primaries would have been Nasarawa Governor by now not sule if not for Almakura imposition of sule as his successor being the least popular among all those who contested to succeeded him under the platform of APC and sule would not have smell Shendam Road Governments House lafia let alone became its occupant .in 2019.
Even at that it will still have been very difficult for him to succeed in the general election despite Almakuras popularity,performance and supports if not for wadada sacrificed and refusal to yielded to pressures and popular demands on him to dumped APC to another Party and challenged sule at the general election which most people believed he would still have won on account of his popularity and acceptability to the electorates.
Wadada instead put party interest above his personal interest and accepted the reconciliation efforts immidiately put in place by Almakura whose supports to sule denied him APC gubernatorial ticked and agreed to remained in APC and worked for sule.He did not only agreed to worked for the party and sule but also accepted to chaired sule campaign council in the state as chairman where he led other party stakeholder’s to all the nooks and crannies of the state to campaign for sule and other party candidates leading to APC victory in the state.
Even after sule emergenced and despite the party and stakeholder’s betrayal to fulfilled the promised that was said to have been made to him to compensate him with the ministerial slot of the state in favour of Almakuras SSG wadada continued to stand by the administration giving the governor and other elected representatives all the necessary supports and encouragements and at the same time complimenting government efforts in the state with his hard earned wealth and expanding his energies,time and resources to keep the party in the state afloat especially in his senetorial district.
Hon.Ahmed Aliyu wadada is a committed democrat ,proud and patrotic son of the state with enviable records of selfless services to humanity and proud legacy of achievements in public service,honesty and patrotism who always put the interest of the state and its people in his endeavours .He radiates confidence and epitomises a new hopes in the collective aspiration of the masses to have a better life and secured democratic future.
His remarkable determination to the caused of humanity, democracy,good governance,accountable leadership,electoral enlightment ,love and passion for the common man put him far ahead of most contemporary politicians and those contesting with him who have zero experienced in legislative business and are mostly political opportunists who have no record of winning election but only depend on some self acclaimed political god fathers in the state for their political relevance and survival .
Wadada came into Nasarawa politics by storm and took it by storm leaving behind surprises and footprints that will be very difficult if not impossible to surpassed.He came in after achieving greatness through sheer dint of hard work,commitments and dedication and with a defined mission ,strong political skills,determination and desire to bequeath a legacy of committed and dedicated services to humanity based on solid trust ,struggle and impactful life to the youths and the common man.
Suffice it to said that,wadada came into Nasarawa politics from the business world and private sector having already served in various places and capacities with impactful legacies to his credit hence his decision to left his lucrative job at “vision technology’ in 2003 inline with the yearnings and aspirations of his people to hit the politics of Nasarawa state like a thunderstone despite elitist resistance to chased away the then member representing his constituency in the National Assembly Hon.Salisu Raj at the PDP primaries and wend ahead to won the general election that saw him to reps in 2003.
During his steadwardship in the National Assembly from 2003 to 2011 he was not only one of the most performing and vocal lawmaker Nasarawa ever produced since 1999 to date but he also succeeded to glorified the name of Nasarawa state in the eyes of the world with his vibrancy,quality representation,lobbying skills ,eloquence,intellectual prowess ,political sagacity,frequent and brilliant contributions to National debates on the floor of the lower chamber making him one of the most shining light in the House of reps of his time which increased his political popularity and endeared him to the hearts of the people and his colleaques who nicked named him”mr.capital market”
He was the chairman House committee on capital market for over 7 years out of the 8 years he spend in the National Assembly making him the longest to served in that capacity since he restoration of democracy in 1999 before we was subsequently moved to chaired House committee on information and National orientation towards the end of his tenure in addition to being members of several committees such as House committees on Gas,National security and intelligence,media and publicity,FCT,sports,police affairs among others.
He has succeeded to sponsored so many bills and motions that helped stabilised the country nascent democracy,gives hopes to the comon man ,fast tract development ,transparency and accountability in government,doused tension and addressed various socio-economic and political challenges bedvilling the country and his people.some of these bills and motions includes Tobbaco control bill 2004, Federal capital territory development agency bill 2000,chartered institute of capital market registeration bill 2005, investments and securities tribunal bill 2006,FCT satellite town development commission.
Others are motion on investigation of Afri-bank public offer 2006,,motion on NNPC/ Daewoo crude lifting joint ventures 2007,,motion on sale of African petroleum(AP) by NNPC 2007,motion on wanton killings,destructions of public proparties and illigal.arrests of some indiginess of kokona in his constituency by the Nigerian army among many other bills and motions he personally sponsored apart from those he co-sponsored with his other colleaques.
His superlative performance is second to none in the history of the constituency as can be clearly seen in various intervations and dividents of democracy he provided to his people especially in the areas of humanitarian gestures,education,health,water projects,roads constructions, employment opportunities,skills acquisition ,youths and women empowerment , community development service among others.
Educationally,he set up wadada education foundation where he committed over 50m as a take off grant which enable the foundation to embarked on massive constructions and rehabilitations of schools,classrooms across various communities in his constituency ,supply of exercise books ,pencils and other learning materials,dished out schoolarships,paid Weac,Neco and jamb fees of his constituents schooling in various institutions to enabled them further their education and take the burden off the parents.
In the area of health and roads constructions wadada has also succeeded to provided free medical service to the poor,needy and indigent people across the 3 local governments in his constituency by footing their medical bills to the tune of 50m inaddition to, constructions and equippings of wards,clinics and hospitals among others.He has also embarked on repaired ,constructions and expansion of old and new roads ,bridges,culverts ,drainages and gutters across his constituency.
Some of the benefiting communities of his roads projects includes angwan yarbawa,Tudun kofa,,kurmin dauda, angwan Eggon,makeran baki in keffi and other communities across kokona and karu Local governments.He has also carried out so many water projects across various communities in his constituency such as Dutse,Keffi,angwan kaura,Tudun wada,kofar kokona,kofar mada,sabon peggi,Gangaren Tudu,angwan Tiv among many other areas and communities.
.The chairman Peougeout automobile of Nigeria during his time in the House of representatives also carried out massive youths and women empowerment programme in his constituency and succeeded to secured appointments to so many people in his constituency in various governments agencies and parastatals,provides financial.supports to women,youths and victims of natural disasters to enable them grow their businesses inaddition to, various skills acquisition and distributions of empowerment tools such as sewing and grinding machines, motorcycles,tricycles,buses among others.
He has done so well for his people in his 8 years in the House of Reps with intimidating records of achievements that have not been replicated till date.Even after leaving office 11 years ago he continued to used his hard earned wealth,connections and linkages in the services of his people and the state especially in the areas of empowerment,skills acquisition, employment opportunities,financial assistance,medical and education supports to the down trodden among others.
In view of the above analysis among many other reasons which cannot be denied even by his competitors there is no better time than now for Nasarawa APC and people of Nasarawa west to reciprocate this gesture by rewarding wadada who have not only done so much for the party and the state but also stand tall among all the contenders for the seat in all aspect of leadership and representation with the western senetorial seat of the state come 2023.
Abare writes from Lafia