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Benue Deputy Governor, Mr. Stephen Lawani, has picked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) nomination and expression of interest forms, to contest the state governorship election in 2015.

Lawani, picked the forms at the PDP’s national headquarters  yesterday in Abuja. He told newsmen that he was motivated to join the race, having consulted with the state’s stakeholders and its present governor.

He maintained that having worked with Governor Gabriel Suswam, the state’s present governor and under studied him, he knows what the people of the state needed.

According to him, the people of the state will be safer in his hands.  “ I have served the state and I know the in and out and I believe am the right person to govern the state.’’ He said.

He however said that Gov. Suswan, had laid the foundation for the economic development of the state which he intends to build on if he was elected as the state governor in 2015.

Mr Simon Anchaver, another aspirant from Benue, was also at the PDP headquarters to pick the forms. He promised to declare free education at all level, if he was elected as the next governor of the state in 2015.

He said he decided to run on PDP`s ticket because of the party`s popularity in Benue, adding that he has a structure strong enough in the state, to enable him win the party`s ticket to contest its governorship in 2015.

Anchaver, who is the National President Agric and Allied Employees Union of Nigeria, however said that he would consolidate on the achievements of the state`s present government to take it to the next level of development.

The aspirant also promised to provide monthly allowance to the aged and widows in the state if he is elected.

Another aspirant from Benue, Dr Gabriel Nyitse, was also at the PDP national headquarters to pick the forms to contest Benue governorship election in 2015.

The aspirant, who had worked in the Benue civil service for 22 years, said he was running for the state`s governorship position to positively affect the lives of the people of the state.

Nyitse, who retired as a Permanent Secretary in January, promised to make agriculture more attractive and profitable and also create employment for the people if elected.

He also promised to give priority to electricity generation in the state, by building hydro power station if elected.

He, however, said that he would agree to a consensus candidate if the process was transparent, free and fair.

Mr Felix Atume, another aspirant from Benue, was also at the PDP headquarters to pick the forms to contest the state governorship position.

He told newsmen that if elected, he would look at Benue beyond oil and ensure mechanised agriculture in the state to make it more attractive to the youths.

He also said that he would positively utilise the human and mineral recourses in the state to the benefit of its people.

He however described as the beauty of democracy the number of aspirants from Benue that were joining the state`s governorship race.

According to him, it was left for the people of the state to choose among the best, who would be the state`s governor in 2015.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that eight other aspirants had earlier, picked the PDP forms to contest the Benue governorship election in 2015.

The aspirants are to contest for the party ticket at its primaries slated for Nov. 29, ahead of the governorship election in 2015.

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