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I have no anointed candidate for governor – Gov. Aliyu


Minna, Gov. Babangida Aliyu of Niger said that he had not anointed his former Chief of Staff, Umar Nasko, to succeed him in office in 2015.
Aliyu stated this on Tuesday during an interactive session with newsmen to mark his 59th birthday in Minna.
He said that he would give all the governorship aspirants in the state a level playing ground to contest the primaries after which he would support the winner.
“I will give all the governorship aspirants in Niger a level playing ground in the primaries and then support whoever emerges for the 2015 elections proper,” he said
Aliyu, however, stated that he prefered a candidate from his cabinet to take over from him, adding that such person would have already known the workings of government.
He urged all stakeholders in the electoral process to play by the rules of the game, to avert a recurrence of the 2011 post election violence.
Similarly, Aliyu charged stakeholders to avoid unnecessary comments on the issue of the new polling units earmarked by INEC across the country.
He said that the exercise would ease the access of voters to a conducive environment while voting in elections instead of the current overcrowding in some units.
Aliyu attrinuted the controversy that trailed the issue to lack of adequate enlightenment on the part of INEC, adding that ‘’it was a normal duty of INEC to creat such units from time to time’’. (NAN)

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