Since his emergence in the administration of the former Niger State Governor, Aliyu Babangida, where he held sway as a Chief of Staff among other positions,Â Umar Mohammed Nasko, has been familiar with a lot of people in the state while many youths see him as a role model.
So in 2015 when he contested as the Peoples Democratic PartyÂ governorship candidate in theÂ state, many thought heÂ would coast home to victory given his closeness to Babangida, but he lost the election.
Since then, he has reportedly lost his political relevance,Â while his political structure has almost totally crumbled before his very eyes .
If this was surprising for many of his fans,Â they are totally disappointed over his present decision. Many of his supporters were confident that the young politician will bounce back for the 2019 governorship electionÂ but this is not to be as he has recently chickened out from the race;Â aÂ source said that heÂ had recently confirmed thatÂ he was no longer interested in the number one job of the state. This has further given credence to his critics that he has all along been riding on the crest of the popularity of his former boss, Babangida.
Nasko,Â who was Managing PartnerÂ at New Africa Investment Limited between 2001 and 2007,Â had served on various boards and committees in the state. He was a member of the Transition Committee in Niger State; member, Niger State Government Committee on Public Private Partnership 2007; chairman, Vehicle Verification Committee in the Office of the Secretary to the State Government, Niger State; member, Technical Committee on Harmonisation of Niger State Action Plan in the State Government and chairman, Local Organising Committee for the 2009 National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST).
He was also a member of the Niger State Executive Council in his official capacity as the Commissioner of Tourism and Culture, Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Ministry of Youth Development, Special Adviser on Tourism Matters and Ministry of Environment, Parks, Gardens and Forest Resources.