Tuesday, April 8, 2003

Senator Anka counsels Zamfara electorate over election malpractice

From Salisu Zakari Maradun, in Gusau

As the 2003 elections approaches, the electorate in Zamfara State have been warned not to involve themselves in election malpractices as anyone caught will be arraigned before a Shariah court and possibly may have his hand amputated.

Senator Yusha’u Muh’d Anka, a senator representing Zamfara West senatorial district gave the warning in Gusau the state capital while briefing newsmen.

The senator who is also seeking for another term in the upper house explained that there is every tendency for the PDP to rig the elections as part of its efforts to regain its position.

Alhaji Anka expressed optimism that the ANPP will win the forthcoming elections into all the elective posts like it did in 1999 and also maintained that since the PDP government brought nothing in terms of developmental projects, which led to the decamping of large number of its supporters, "actually we will win," he emphasised.

He explained further that the ANPP had succeeded in improving the living standard of the people, and for this reason "I am assuring you that the people, not only of this state but the whole nation will give us their mandate to serve them for the second time, because we have fairly done a lot for them compared to other parties."

Commenting further, the lawmaker who regretted being a senator during the reign of Obasanjo whom he described as a toothless dog also explained that the party has no respect for not only a senator, but even a minister.

According to the senator who also appealed to the newly registered political parties to participate fully in the elections in order to avoid chaos and misunderstanding among the people, and for peace to reign stated further that these new parties can’t compare themselves with the old ones who have been in existence for almost five years, and therefore "I am calling on them to join us in ensuring the peaceful and hitch-free elections in this country."