The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP], in the 2019 general elections, Alhaji Mohammed Imam has said that Governor Kashim Shettima and the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, in the state have been fueling Boko Haram insurgency in the state for the people to go back to Internally Displaced Persons, IDP, camp for them to manipulate elections.
Shettima, APC are fuelling insurgency in Borno to rig election – Imam; We’ll beat them in Govt House, he assures
By Abdullahi Isah Maiduguri
Alhaji Mohammed Imam, who made the accusation while inaugurating the PDP campaign council in Maiduguri, said ” if elected, within six months of my assumption of office, everybody will go back to his/her farms. I see no reason why our people will continue to live in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps.
” They are creating panic and fueling insurgency just for the people to go back to the IDPs camps, so that they will rig the elections. We are going to beat them even at the Government House, because people are wise now,” Imam said.
He stated that before the assumption of office of Governor Kashim Shettima, nobody left his or ward in the state but that because the Shettima-led administration fuels insecurity, today people have been forced to be in IDPs camps in their land..
” I have known a lot of people who were rich but toady are begging on the streets. Businesses have been closed and the governor was busy accumulating wealth. Now our businessmen are out of business and contractors are suffering. Just in the name of direct labour. We have to change this government, we are going to change the government ” the PDP guber candidate vowed.
He said “as at May 29, 2011, Governor Sheriff left over N80 billion in the coffers of the Borno state government with no loan of even N10,000 but today he Shettima has squandered the money with no tangible thing to show for it. There is high rate of unemployment. Our children and youths are out of school. We must change this government,” he stressed.
” When elected, we are going to establish three remedial centres in each senatorial zone and mop up our youths from the streets. The successful ones will be secured admission into universities, while those that cannot cope will be trained in skills acquisition centres and take off grants will be given to them,” he added.
He said if elected, his administration will focus on education, Agriculture, industrialization and youth empowerment as there is direct connection between illiteracy, unemployment, poverty and Boko Haram insurgency.
While inaugurating the Campaign Committee, the gubernatorial candidate said the Campaign Council is not only for the presidential and gubernatorial candidates but for all candidates of the PDP, right from President to the state house of Assembly and urged the members of the committee to work for the victory of the party.
He said ” the campaign committee will be headed by myself to be co- chaired by Mr. Nicolas Mshealizza. All the three senatorial candidates will serve as deputy chairmen for their respective zones, while House of Representatives candidates and members of the state assembly are also members. Alhaji Kaka Bolori is the Director General of the campaign organisation.