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I’ll pay monthly stipend to APC officials if elected governor – Nasarawa Dep Gov.

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Mr Silas Agara , Nasarawa Deputy Governor , who is seeking to succeed his boss , says he will pay a monthly allowance to local government and ward officials of the All Progressives Congress , if elected .Agara made the pledge on Monday in Nasarawa- Eggon , when he met with party delegates and supporters in the area .

Agara , one of the 10 aspirants to the seat , said that the gesture would improve the living standards of the party officials who were “ usually forgotten after elections are won ” .

“ I am confident that the party officials will be more committed to contributing ideas toward good governance if elected officials make their welfare a priority , ” he said .
He also promised to empower the party officials to enable them to engage in meaningful ventures that would sustain them .

“ The monthly allowance will motivate the officials to be active . There are times that they fail to attend meetings because of transport fare . Elected officials must look into these complaints critically , ” he said .

Agara , however , explained that the allowances would be funded from his personal income , “ and not from government coffers ” .

He commended party officials for their patience with the lean resources of the current administration , and promised to make them much happier when elected .

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On the APC governorship primaries , Agara advised the delegates to take wise decisions devoid of sentiments and financial inducement .

“ You must be wary of politicians who only show up when elections are near and offer money to buy votes . Once they can buy your votes , they will abandon you when in power .

“ Vote for aspirants that will be with you in good and bad times . Do not be carried away by what you may be offered because after the election , you will be forgotten because you have been paid off , ” he said .

Responding, APC Chairman in Nasarawa Eggon Local Government , Alhaji Yusuf Ibrahim , thanked the Deputy Governor for his deep interest in the welfare of party officials .

He said that delegates from the area would vote wisely , declaring that none of them would fall prey to vote – buying merchants .

( NAN )

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