by Dare Lawal
Six months to the general elections in 2015, one of the most prominent faces of the federal administration, Mr. Labaran Maku, who is the minister of information, has kicked off his campaign to become the next governor of Nasarawa state.
Maku is from the Eggon tribe, which is the largest in the state. The Eggon people have been clamoring for a power shift, which is believed to be behind some of their violent agitations especially via the Ombatse cult.
Maku addressed PDP supporters at a meeting with Eggon Political Elders Forum in Endehu, Nassarawa-Eggon Local Government Area of the state. He said that the people of Nasarawa have decided to sack the current APC government led by Gov. Tanko Almakura.
Earlier this month, a plot to remove the governor from office via impeachment failed as a panel set up by the chief judge to investigate him acquitted him of all the charges. The impeachment move had the backing of Minister Maku.
Maku said as a former student union leader, former commissioner and deputy governor of the state, he is in a better position to identify the problems of the youth. He said that in 2015, there would be new “generational leadership” in the state.
“This was evident during the last Local Governments election in the state where PDP won 11 out of 13 LGAs before the result was changed by the state electoral body.
“Even though that election was organised by APC government, PDP was declared winner in four local government, in addition to so many Councillors apart from the seven that was snatched from the PDP.
“This is the first time in this country where in an election organised by the state electoral body an opposition party will win some LGA,” said Mr. Maku.