As the deadline for party primary elections draws closer, some presidential aspirants, under different political parties, have stormed Jigawa state to canvass for the support of the state delegates.
The aspirants articulated their blueprints for the improvement of the agricultural sector to fight poverty and generate wealth.
They also promised to come up with many initiatives and strategies to tackle security challenges and promote national peace, unity and progress.
In his speech to delegates of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State described himself as a security expert, promising that, if given the mandate, he would use his experience to tackle the country’s security challenges.
Dr Fayemi also pledged to invest more resources and manpower in the improvement of the agricultural sector for food security and poverty eradication in Nigeria.
Senator Ibikunle Amoson said he would ensure that Jigawa’s arable land is developed and mechanised agriculture is supported in the state, in order to boost food production, not only for the state but the entire nation.
According to him, “if elected, i will not disappoint Jigawa and Nigerians. I will operate an open and all-inclusive government to make Nigeria a happy and prosperous society.”
While Speaking to Jigawa state delegates of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), a presidential aspirant, Senator Anyim Pious Anyim, said, if elected, he would develop Hadejia Jama’are Irrigation scheme and other Fadama areas to make Jigawa one of the major food baskets of Nigeria.
Chief Anyim promised to convert Dutse Airport into a Cargo Airport from which meat, livestock and other agricultural produce will be exported to other parts of the world.
”You have the potential and I promise to develop it into reality,” he declared.
Similarly, Senator Bukola Saraki, former Senate president and ex-governor of Kwara State, urged Jigawa state PDP delegates to vote for him during their party primary election, saying he has a “comprehensive plan for the country’s social and economic development”.
“Every state has a specific area of economic comparative advantage, and I will develop it for our maximum benefit. Jigawa has vast fertile land. I will promote the use of science and technology among the Jigawa and Nigerian farmers for the increase of yield, profits and strengthen the country’s food security,” Dr Saraki pledged.
Reporting by Usman Kaakus; Editing by Daniel Adejo and Tony Okerafor