Gov. Abubakar taking the Oath of Office
controversially crossed over to the PDP in 2009, he did it so excellently such that none was left in doubt as to his readiness to make good his promises to the people of the State who generously gave him over 514,962 votes which he used to oust Shinkafi who received 460,656 votes. Abubakar Yari will not, however, take all the credit for his success at the poll and his eventual emergence as the new Governor of Zamfara State; neither did he intend to run a solo Government. In fact, before he began to unleash his agenda for the State during his inaugural speech at the event, he took time to appreciate his leader and personal mentor, Senator Ahmad, Yariman Bakura who he said, but for his unflinching commitment and selfless leadership, the ANPP in the State would not have achieved the current position that it now occupies in the scheme of things in the State.
“The elections are over and some people may be aggrieved by the results. I urged them in the name of Allah Subhanahu to Wa Ta'ala to join hands with us to build a new Zamfara State,” he beckoned on his opponents in the just concluded elections to shield their battle-ready swords and join hands with him to propel Zamfara to the paradise of their dreams. The 47 year old who did not mince words when he iterated his conviction that politics is a platform for rendering service to the people of the State and service to the Nigerian-State as a whole, regretted that the agricultural endowment of the State has not done much to alleviate the economic growth of the State; hence the standard of living of the people remains very low. He said lamenting: “Agriculture which is the bed-rock of the socio-economic wellbeing of our people did not receive the attention it deserved in the last four
years. Fertilizer and agro-chemicals are now hard to come by. Soft loans to small enterprises have dried up, while the youth have been abandoned to roam the streets aimlessly”. His outcry gave rise to an array of interventionist packages which he said will be the focus of his four-year-tenure. For a start, he said: “Agriculture, Commerce, Women and Youth Empowerment will receive the attention that they deserve in order to make our people self-reliant. In fact, the sale of fertilizer for this year's cropping season will be flagged off one week from today, Insha Allah”. He disclosed to the mammoth crowd of supporters that had gathered to listen to the programmes of their new Governor that the development of Zamfara State would be based on an achievable policy thrust that emphasizes collective stakeholdership.
A colourful Parade XL