Umar Nasko

The Peoples Democratic Party Governorship (PDP) candidate for next year’s election, Alhaji Mohammed Umar Nasko, has said he cannot be intimidated by the Governor Abubakar Sani Bello-led administration as he is determined to liberate the people of Niger State from the hardship inflicted by the All Progressive Congress (APC) government in the past three years.

Addressing PDP supporters in continuation of his campaign for the 2019 governorship election at the Suleja Township Stadium, Nasko declared that no amount of intimidation can stop him from answering the call to rescue Niger State from APC maladministration.

He told hundreds of supporters, including decampees from other political parties that, “The APC government had done everything to intimidate me in order to discourage me from running for the governorship seat in the 2019 election but I told them that I cannot be intimidated.

“We were arrested, detained and prosecuted by the APC government but we refused to be intimidated. We only fear God, not humans and we are sure that we will take over government because they have failed to provide expected dividends of democracy to Nigerlites.”


Meanwhile, the PDP guber candidate has pledged to pay the new minimum wage agreed under the tripartite arrangement by the federal government, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the TUC while pensioners will receive their gratuities and other entitlements as at and when due.

Under the social security scheme, Nasko told the large crowd that if voted for in 2019, his administration will work out a policy that would provide certain amount of money on a monthly basis as stipends to unemployed youths in Niger State, including graduates.

Unemployment created by the APC administration has given rise to insecurity hence the increased rate of insecurity, Nasko said, adding that, “Our government would open a register for all those that are unemployed to enable the administration profile and properly engage those without educational qualification in vocational training.”

According to him, “We will from time to time be updating the register so that we would have within our four years in office reduced the number of unemployed youths in Niger State because unemployment is one of the major problems facing the state and the country at large as the huge number of the unemployed youths is dangerous for Nigeria”.

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