By Timothy Choji, Katsina
Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State has pledged to bequeath a good future for the younger generation of the citizens of the state.
The Governor who was declared winner of the governorship election in the state for a second term of office on Sunday, made the pledge in a state-wide broadcast to citizens of the State on Monday night.
He said: “Few hours past midnight of Sunday March 10, the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC declared our party the All Progressives Congress APC as the winner of the gubernatorial election in Katsina State. I and my Deputy Alhaji Munir Yakub were returned as Governor and Deputy Governor elect.
As a result therefore, I hereby accept our renewed mandate for a second term. On behalf of my humble self, my family, the Deputy Governor elect, the leaders of our campaign Council and those of our party, I wish to express our deepest and sincere gratitude to Allah for giving us this victory.”
Governor Masari said the state government under his leadership, had an accord with the people of the state, to lead with the fear of God and deliver good governance, a promise he said still stands, as he pledged to do more for Katsina State.
“In our first term, we had a pact with the people of Katsina State that we will lead with the fear of Allah; that we will manage your resources judiciously; provide security and enhance your well being and that we will work hard to bequeath a Katsina State that our children will be proud to call home. Nothing changes. Infact if anything, I am here and now reaffirming our commitment to this pact as we move to the next level,” Masari pledged.
Vote of Confidence
The Governor described his re-election as a vote of confidence by the citizens of the state on what he was able to achieve in first term of office.
“Today’s victory is a vote of confidence and affirmation of trust on what our administration succeeded in achieving in our first term. Our success in this election could not have been possible without the general support and contributions of millions of our party’s loyalists, supporters and well wishers,” he said.
While extending an olive branch to his opponents in the election, the Governor confirmed that they would never be seen as enemies but partners in progress, as all contestants were winners in his own knowledge.
“As we celebrate our victory, it is important to caution our people that the contest was not between enemies. In Katsina state we do not have loosers everyone is a winner. As we move to the next level, I wish to re-assure you of our commitment to continue to promote good governance in our state and to prioritise the education sector, empowerment and the security of our people,” he pledged.
Having polled 1, 178, 864 votes, Governor Masari was returned winner of the gubernatorial election in Katsina State, as while his closest opponent, Yakubu Lado of the People’s Democratic Party PDP got 488,621 votes.