By Bala Ajiya
DAMATURU—Yobe state Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam, has said only God makes a leader and gives power to people, adding that his assumption into office as the Governor of the state was by providence and sheer fate.
Gaidam who spoke at a grand rally organised by the ANPP in the state to declare his 2011 gubernatorial ambition on Sunday at the August 27 stadium in Damaturu which attracted ANPP supporters from the 3 senatorial districts, said: “I would ever be grateful to God and the electorate who gave me the mandate along with the late Governor Mamman Ali.”
He said the journey of governance in the state which started on May 29, 2007 almost suffered a hitch on January 27, 2009 when Sen. Mamman Ali passed away.
“I was sworn-in immediately in line with constitutional provision and I assumed the mantle of leadership,” he added.
The governor urged the people of the state to always remember the late Mamman Ali and the indelible marks which he left behind, stressing that the people ought to continue to pray for the repose of his soul.
While enumerating some of his achievements in health, road construction, education and water supply, he said these compelled the people to give him automatic ticket to re-contest in the next election.
He said he was morally encouraged to come forward following out-pouring supports and call for him to re-contest the Governorship seat.
He, therefore, pledged not to disappoint the people but to prove vigorously all the transformation of the state.