Borno Concerned Citizens (BCC) and residents have vowed to rally round the commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (RRR) in Borno State, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum to emerge as the gubernatorial candidate under the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 general elections.
Chairman and secretary of BCC, Alhaji Isa Usman and Mohammed Abatcha respectively gave this indication in an interview in Borno State.
The group with thousands of members that cuts across the state expressed shock on the increasing number of aspirants being sponsored by some ‘political enemies’ to obtain the Expression of Interest and Nomination forms for the governorship seat at the ‘very high cost of N22 million each.’
They added that Prof Zulum having gone round the communities destroyed by the Boko Haram terrorists in the state in the course of rebuilding and resettling the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) back to their communities, is in a better position to consolidate on what he has achieved through his understanding of the people’s needs.
LEADERSHIP investigation revealed that as at the last count, 22 aspirants on the platform of the ruling APC purchased governorship forms in Abuja, a situation that made many to take to the Social Media to express concern over the development.
The group regretted that most of the aspirants have not donated even N10,000 to the thousands of traumatized Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in resettlement camps in the last seven years of Boko Haram crises, but were able to pay about N22 million each for the governorship race. This is while millions of their brothers and sisters are wallowing in abject poverty in resettlement camps.
This unwholesome development, according to the group is to cause disaffection among the ranks and files of the ruling APC in the state.
The group further noted that Professor Zulum who had sacrificed all, including his life, in identifying with the plights of Boko Haram victims in the state many years ago, is the candidate to beat in all ramifications.