Abdullahi Yakubu-Maidoya, the gubernatorial candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) in Nasarawa State has said their party would give constitutional role to traditional rulers of elected in 2023.
The NNPP candidate made the promise Thursday (December 29, 2022) during a courtesy call at the palace of the Abaga Toni, HRH Lawrence Sylvester-Ayih, in Garaku, Kokona Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.
According to Yakubu-Maidoya, the contributions of traditional rulers to the peaceful coexistence and unity of any society cannot be determined, hence the decision by the NNPP to give them constitutional roles.
“The traditional rulers are closer to the people at the grassroots than any government and are more accessible to the people.
“The people at the local level usually channel their problems and needs to the traditional rulers in their respective areas due to the absence of protocol and bureaucracy.
“Throughout history, traditional rulers played significant roles to the sustenance of peace enjoyed in different parts of the country in the pre-colonial Nigeria.
“If they are given constitutional roles, it would go a long a way toward addressing infrastructural and security challenges facing the country,” he added.
Yakubu-Maidoya added that the party would also introduce community development programmes where traditional rulers would be included in the preparation of the annual budget to ensure equity and fairness in its implementation.
The NNPP gubernatorial candidate advised electorates to vote for Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, the NNPP presidential candidate because of his track records and foresight.
He also urged them to vote for all candidates of the party for the betterment of Nigeria with strong economy and improved welfare for the citizens.
Responding, Lawrence Silvester-Ayih, the Abaga Toni welcomed the governorship candidate and his entourage to his domain and wished them well on their campaigns.
The traditional ruler also advised the candidate and other politicians to engage in politics of issues and desist from divisive tendencies capable bringing crisis in the State.
The campaign team also visited different areas of the LGAs and interacted with the people and canvassed for support ahead of the 2023 general election.