Former Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, has joined the race for the All Progressives Congress ticket for the Jigawa State central senatorial district.
Abba picked his nomination and expression of interest forms at the National Secretariat of the APC in Abuja, on Monday.
He told newsmen that he was in the race to bring quality representation for his constituents and contribute meaningfully to national development.
Speaking to journalists after the ceremony at the party’s secretariat, he picked holes in the refusal of the current IGP Ibrahim Idris to appear in person to honour the invitation from the senate, insisting that sending representative is not the best.
“Important questions have been asked, why join politics, why indicate interest for Jigawa Central senatorial district and why this time, but let me say it most clearly that what you see happen today, that is the purchase of this form is a result of the meeting of two interest. The interest of my people to have a better representation at the National Assembly and my personal desire to serve my country Nigeria at the National level again.
“This is bearing in mind that representing the seven local government areas that make up Jigawa central constituency do not end at conveying their views and vice versa. It also involves joining my colleagues in taking decisions that will affect the nation politically, economically, socially and other activities of human life that will put Nigeria in its rightful place in the committee of nations,” he said.
Speaking on the refusal of IGP Ibrahim Idris to appear before the Senate, Abba said: “I will certainly advice the IGP to respond by going there. I don’t think in any situation there is a better person to defend you than yourself. Of course we have lawyers who present the interest of their client but in all situation, this is my personal believe.
“Your personal defence is always better. I had always appeared before the Senate whenever they needed me even at a time when everybody thought differently. I appeared before a committee of a Senate to make a clear presentation of what the situation was and I think it went on fine.
Meanwhile, the security details attached to the APC national secretariat had hectic time controlling the influx of robbers, urchins and pickpockets that disguised as supporters of various aspirants to invade the compound and unleashed terror on innocent citizens.
Capitalising of the periodic security lapses at the entrance gate, some of the robbers, urchins and pickpockets that were initially stopped at the gate had sneaked into the compound to rob unsuspecting persons of their belonging like money, handsets, and regrettably an aspirant’s nomination form.
Periodically, fight would breakout among the urchins and hoodlums struggling to take possession of the largesse from the aspirants, to the point of even wounding themselves in the process, while the security details watch the drama.
The chaotic situation came to the head, when an aspirant suddenly became hysterical after losing his bag containing his nomination form, money, handsets and other effects.
While he continued to search for his missing items, other aspirants were left at the mercies of the crowd and drummers inside and outside the secretariat that mob them for help with little or no help coming from the security agents.