A gubernatorial aspirant under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Katsina state, Hon. Faruk Lawal Jobe, has said he is in the race because he wants to answer a clarion call put to him to contest by the citizens of the state.
He made the statement while addressing journalists on Thursday May 12, 2022, in Katsina, the state capital.
Jobe who is the commissioner for budget and economic planning however explained that after extensive engagements and consultations with various political interest groups and relevant stakeholders across the state have motivated him to run for the race.
According to him, he was appointed special adviser on banking and finance during the first administration of Governor Aminu Bello Masari and also commissioner budget and economic planning in the second tenure.
The commissioner further explained that records on ground have shown his inspiring contributions in the administration of Governor Masari, which made the citizens of the state to bequeath him.
“I just want you to know that I have been part and parcel of this administration since 2015. I was appointed special adviser on banking and finance during the first tenure of this administration and subsequently appointed commissioner budget and economic planning in the second tenure.
“I would like to say maybe because of my commitment in the discharge of my responsibility and what they have seen from my records could be what prompt their decision to solicit for me to contest”, he said.
However, Lawal stressed that the administration of Governor Aminu Bello Masari since 2015 channels 70% of its budget on education and agriculture development.
“I can tell you that this administration has made education and agriculture a priority. Over the years about 70% of the budget goes on education”, he added.
Alhaji Jobe described Governor Masari as an excellent man, adding that Katsina state is privileged to have him as their Governor.
“Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari is an excellent man, a patriotic Nigerian, Katsina State is privileged to have him as their Governor”, he said.