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The Niger State Governor Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has said emphatically that he did not make any promise to the people of the state during the governorship campaigns in 2015.
The governor also said that he has decided to seek re-election next year following the clamour by various groups in the state for him to do so.
Bello made the remarksÂ on TuesdayÂ evening while meeting top media executives in the state for the first time since he became governor of the state in 2015.
He said: “I did not make any promise while campaigning in 2015. One thing we did during our campaign was that we made sure we did not make promise to the people.
“If we had promised heaven and earth, we would have faced problems from the public because there were a lot of problems.”
He said that he did not make any promise because “there was high expectation from the people. We realise the high expectation so we did not make promise.”
The governor said the administration was bugged down by poor revenue at inception to the extent that the income from the federation account at inception dropped to as low as N2 billion monthly, “with this we could not do anything, we thank God we did not make any promise, we would have not been able to fulfill any promise”.
He disclosed that he would seek re-election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) next year following the requests for him to seek a second term by people of goodwill from across the length and breadth of the state.
“We will go for re-election, it is good to have second term, by God’s grace we will win,” he declared.
Giving reasons why he wants to seek re-election, Bello said: “A lot of things which we planted cannot matureÂ in four years, we need more time to make them to come to fruition.
“We will appeal to Nigerlites to re-elect us so that we can complete what we have started because I don’t feelÂ accomplished.”
Bello also said he decided to join other governors in the APC to ask President Muhamnadu Buhari to run for a second term because “he ( Buhari) is laying a solid foundation for Nigeria”.
“We should support and encourage Mr President, he means well for this country.
“Buhari is on a different level. People don’t understand him, he means well for Nigeria. He is so passionate about Nigeria that he forgets himself, I am 100% with him,” the governor declared.