Traders under the auspices of the Niger state Market Men and Women Association besieged the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to purchase a N22.5 million nomination and expression of interest form for Niger state governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello.
The group from across all the local government councils in Niger state on Friday, September 7, said they decided to buy the nomination form for the governor because of their conviction that his tenure has brought lot of blessings to the people of the state.
Alhaji Ahmed Salihu, the spokesman of the traders, said the market men and women in the state camp came together to contribute money to purchase the form.
He said “In the history of Niger state, this is the first time that Market Association decided to buy the nomination and expression of interest forms for the present governor of Niger State, Abubakar Sadiq Sani Bello.
“We are doing this because the governor has achieved a lot not only for market people but to the entire Niger people. Talking about the market people, for the first time the governor fixed all the roads in the market.
“He provided three 500 KVA transformer to the market. He did this because he wants to discourage the use of small power generating sets in the market in order to avoid fire disaster.
“So because of his achievements, the market people decided to come together to do this for him. We are here on his behalf without even his knowledge. After here we are going back to the state present it to the governor as a big surprise.
“If the market association has a chance, it would have first purchased the form for President Muhammadu Buhari for what he has done.”
Salihu disclosed that improvement in market activities in the State has helped improve the Internally generated revenue in the state, saying under the governor’s administration, the state IGR has improved just as commercial activities have risen.
NAIJ.com previously reported that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has fixed a date for its presidential primaries to elect a candidate for the 2019 presidential election.
The party's national working committee said the primaries for the ruling party would take place on Thursday, September 20.
The party in its guidelines for the conduct of the process said the presidential candidate would emerge through direct primary.
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