A former Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, has declared that he will not give up on his quest to become the next governor of Nasarawa State despite losing his bid to run as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Addressing members of different ethnic groups that paid him Christmas visit in Wakama, in Akun Development Area of the state, Mr. Maku said his political ambition to become the governor come 2015 is still on course.
He said no amount of intimidation from any group would stop him from becoming the governor of the state in 2015.
“It is the people of the state that called me to contest for governorship seat in order to rescue them and bring peace to the state, and I have answered their calls,” the former minister said. “But what went on in the primaries of our party the PDP, was uncalled for and everybody is aware of that.”
He added: “I want to tell you that there is no going back on my gubernatorial ambition come 2015.
“Those who are thinking that my political ambition is stunted should start having a rethink, my 2015 governorship ambition is still on course.”
Mr. Maku did not say how he intends to actualise his dream, having failed to win the PDP governorship ticket.
It was earlier reported that the former minister was making moves to switch to Labour Party, LP, where he will replace the party’s candidate for the poll, Innocent Lagi.
Meanwhile, Mr. Lagi has vowed not to let that happen even though Mr. Maku appears to have won the support of some of the party’s leaders.
Speaking to his supporters in Nasarawa State, Mr. Maku said he is not considering giving up. He canvassed wider support, saying he is confident of victory.
“I want to call on you to continue to support me and vote for me during the 2015 general election,” he said. “When the victory comes, we will all celebrate together and I want to advise you not to give up on my 2015 gubernatorial ambition but to preach my gospel for governorship.”
He called on Christians to use the Christmas season to pray for peaceful co-existence among the diverse ethnic, religious and political groups in the state and the country at large.
The former minister said that no nation progresses in an atmosphere of rancour and crisis, noting that the security challenges facing the state and the country, has negatively affected human lives and the socio-economic development of the country.
Mr. Maku urged the people, especially the youth, to be law-abiding, respect constituted authority and engage in meaningful ventures in order to be self-reliant.
He said this would enable the country to experience speedy development.
Earlier, Mr. Francis Namo, who spoke on behalf of the different groups, said they were in Mr. Maku’s house to felicitate and celebrate with him on the occasion of Christmas.
He assured the former minister of their continued support in his bid to become the next governor of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the different ethnic groups that visited him include Eggon, Alago, Mada, Hausa-Fulani, among others.