Christiana Gokyo, Jos
LAFIA – Following recent clashes between the 2 gubernatorial candidate of Nasarawa State, who came from the same place, Labaran Maku and David Ombugadu, the gubernatorial candidates of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), respectively, have finally resolved and reconciled their differences.
The two candidates, Maku and Ombugadu, after a reconciliation meeting at the instance of the Eggon Council of Elders in Nassarawa-Eggon local government area of Nasarawa State, where they hail from, called on their supporters to maintain peace.
The candidates assured their supporters that they still remain brothers in spite of the fact that they were vying for the same seat, and urged them to see political contest as a game, and not a war that one had to attack or fight to kill.
The former minister, Labaran Maku, said the meeting was significant because it would send a message to detractors that they are still brothers even though they are both vying for governorship of the state.
Said he: “I see politics as a football game where siblings can belong to different clubs, and that does not make us enemies,” and warned his supporters not to hate or attack anybody on account of them not supporting him. “I want them all to be alive so that I will be able to help them if I am elected governor.”
On his part, the APGA candidate called on his supporters to keep their PVCs safe, canvass for more votes and be ready to protect their votes to ensure that he wins the next election.
According to him, they were called by the council to discuss as members of one family. When asked the reason for calling the meeting, Jatau Anga, who is chairman of the Elders’ Council, said the council had no immediate comments on the matter.
Jatau, however, assured members of the public that the council would talk at the appropriate time.