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Borno: Shettima's Re-election Bid Receives Boost As Nine Guber Candidates Step Down

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The re-election bid of Borno State governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, received a big boost Thursday morning as nine governorship candidates in the state announced that they were pulling out of the race.

Coming only a few days ahead of Saturday's governorship, the candidates announced their decision after a closed – door meeting with Shettima at the Government House, Maiduguri, the state capital.

The nine candidates, who also agreed to write the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) a letter of withdrawal to indicate the seriousness of their decision, are Rufai Monguno (ACN); Hajiya Bukar Auno (APGA); Babagana Musa (CPA); Ahmed Bulama Galtima (NCPN); Babagana Mala Bakomi (LP); Abu Sakwa (CPP); Ahmed Alhaji Bulama (ACPN); Abba Modu (SDP) and Joel Joseph (deputy governorship candidate of Accord Party who stood in for his boss at the meeting.

Citing a careful assessment of the situation in the state and their admittance that Shettima had performed creditably in the past four years, one of the candidates who spoke on behalf of the others, Rufai Monguno of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), explained what informed their decision.

According to Monguno, “There is no point changing a winning horse. When we stepped up to answer the call of our teeming supporters to contest the governorship of our dear state, we had the welfare of our people and development of Borno State at heart.

“But we later realised that there is no use fighting over the seat when the incumbent governor, Kashim Shettima, has achieved all that we desired for Borno state.

“He has even better plans for the future of our beloved state. It was on that note that we came to the Government House to formally assure him that rather than contesting against him, we will mobilise all our supporters to ensure that he is returned as the next governor of Borno on the 11th of April. We hereby step down for him.”

Highly elated by their pronouncement, Shettima, who assured them that his government would continue to strive for a better deal for the people of the state. described their action as “an act of statesmanship worthy of commendation.”