By: Ali Musa, Maiduguri
Borno Concerned Citizens (BCC) and residents have vowed to rally round the Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (RRR), Professor Babagana Umara Zulum to emerge as the Gubernatorial Candidate under the platform of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC in the state come 2019 general elections.
The Group with thousands membership across the state expressed shock on the increasing number of Aspirants mostly being forcefully sponsored by some political enemies to obtain the Expression of Interest and Nomination forms reserved for the governorship seat at a very high cost of N22 million each.
Already, investigation revealed at the last count on Monday, 22 aspirants on the platform of the ruling APC purchased the forms in Abuja, a situation that many took to the Social Media in condemning most of the aspirants, after the Leader of the Party in the state, Governor Kashim Shettima has reportedly endorsed Professor Zullum as Candidate.
Chairman and Secretary of BCC, Alhaji Isa Usman and Mohammed Abatcha jointly in an interview in Maiduguri regretted that, most of the desperate aspirants have not donated even N10,000 to the traumatized Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs in resettlement camps in the last 7 years of boko haram crisis, but shamelessly coughing out about N22 million each (totalling over N484 million) in the sake of obtaining nomination forms on the same party platform, while millions of their brothers and sisters were wallowing in abject poverty in resettlement camps.
This unwholesome development, according to political pundits is to cause disaffection among the ranks and files of the ruling APC in the state.
The group said, Professor Zulum who had sacrificed all including his life in identifying on the plights of Boko Haram victims in the state many years ago, is the candidate to beat in all ramifications.
“Indeed, it is in history that, Professor Zulum have sacrificed his comfort for the less privileged in the society.
” The Professor, who is well known for his philanthropic gesture irrespective of tribe, ethnic, religious or political affiliations deserved to be given the full support from all and sundry at this trying moment”. The group said. End