By Olasunkanmi Akoni
Kwara State Governor, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has said that the decision of the Northern Consensus Committee not pick him as the North consensus presidential flagbearer on the banner of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has prepared him to pursue his aspiration in future.
Saraki, who recently returned to Ilorin, the Capital of Kwara State after the Adamu Ciroma-led committee announced former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, as the consensus presidential candidate of the PDP in the North, made the remarks at the Executive Chamber of his office while receiving the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ
Led by its President Muhammed Garba, the NUJ paid Saraki a courtesy visit at the end of an inspection of various projects in the state.
The governor, whose plane arrived at about 12; 05 at the Ilorin International Airport in the company of his wife, Toyin Saraki, said that the struggle to liberate Nigeria from the shackles of poverty and other challenges confronting her would continue until the problems were brought to the barest minimum.
Commenting on his recent state-wide presidential campaign tour across the country, the governor said what he received and learnt during the campaign showed that Nigerians appreciated and recognised his ability to make a change in the country.
He said that power belonged to God alone and expressed delight that he had given out his best to the country, noting that “this is the direction Nigeria must go. It may not be today but the future has something about what governor of Kwara is saying.”
“I believe we have made history for being the first candidate to run such an issue_based campaign. It was not a campaign based on personality. Our campaign was based on politics and principles.
“I thank you all for your support and I want to confirm that I will continue to play my role wherever I found myself to ensure that I impact positively on the lives of my people”, he added.
Saraki said that agriculture was very vital to the nation’s economy, noting without it the country could not record appreciable development.
His words: “As I said many a time, unless we address the issue of agriculture, the issue of food security and more importantly job creation would not be addressed.”
Ahead the 2011 polls, he tasked the media on professionalism to ensure free and fair elections in by being objective and giving the exercise adequate coverage.
Earlier, the NUJ President, commended the governor’s various initiatives and achievements in various sectors of the state economy such as, energy, agriculture, provision of portable water, employment generation among others.
Garba, who particularly noted that there had been an improvement in power supply in the state, stated that it had added value to the quality of lives of residents, visitors and foreigners at large.
He noted that the achievements would further attract investors to the state because “stable power supply is basic to the survival and efficient running of industries in any economy in the world.”
He urged Sariki not to relent in his laudable efforts to transform the lives of the citizens for the better.
The NUJ boss saluted the the governor for the kind of presidential campaign he ran, saying, “ you have made an impact in raising political aspiration in Nigeria. NUJ is ready to partner with you in forging a better Nigeria.”