Govs, APC blast Shekarau over North-east elections

By Ibrahim Abdul’Aziz

Negative reactions have trailed former Kano state Governor, Ibrahim Shekarau’s comments about the three states under Boko Haram siege and emergency rule, Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.
Shekarau had said that it was more important to secure the three states and indeed the North-east than conducting elections there in 2015.

This irked governors of those states as well as the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Adamawa state Governor Murtala Nyako, who spoke through his Director of Press, Malam Ahmad Saj, said: “It is very clear that former governor Shekarau has lost his mental balance since he left the APC (All Progressives Congress) and joined the PDP (Peoples Democratic Party).

“Ibrahim Shekarau is a disgrace to the North as a whole. As a matter of fact with this statement coming from him on crucial matters like this, he has lost what remains of the little integrity in his person as a northerner.”
“We should learn from Afghanistan and other parts of the world.

“If he is insisting that elections would not hold in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe because they are volatile states; then he should note that it means elections would not hold in  his state, Kano, because it is also one of the volatile states.
“In fact if Shekarau’s statement is to be taken seriously, it means there won’t be elections in Kaduna, Katsina, Plateau, Benue, Sokoto, and Nasarawa states, because all of them are volatile as it is now.”

Also reacting, the North-east national chairman of the APC, Dr Umar Duhu, also expressed his anger at the comment of Shekarau.
“His comment that elections cannot hold in states under state of emergency was not only intended to please some people at the highest level but also capable of sending a very wrong signal that could lead to chaos.”
Duhu further alleged that the former Kano state governor was being used to play politics with the issue of insurgency.

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