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Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura and the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) have decried what they refer to as politics of calumny practiced by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

This was just as CPC in Nasarawa State lauded the achievements of Al-Makura in infrastructure and people-oriented policies in the past one year.

The party cautioned the PDP to desist from playing negative politics and support the present administration for the rapid development of the state.

The CPC said that Al-Makura had been away in the United States of America (USA) on a 10-day working visit which was aimed at wooing investors to the state and was shocked when the state House of Assembly queried the essence of the governor's foreign trip, attributing the attitude of the House to the bi-partisan peculiarity of the composition of the machinery of government.

The party said 'Section 190 Sub-sections (1 & 2) is very clear and provides a synergy between the House of Assembly on one hand, which is for the Governor to inform the House of Assembly of his temporary absence or inability to perform his duties owing to ill health, and on the other hand that the deputy governor would be acting for the period of his absence.'

It added that while 'Sub-section 2 provides that in the event that the Governor is unable or fails to transmit the written declaration mentioned in Sub-section (1) above within 21 days, the House of Assembly shall by a resolution made by a simple majority of the votes of the House, mandate the Deputy Governor to perform the functions of the office of the Governor as Acting Governor.'

The CPC, said that the PDP in the state was yet to come to terms with the defeat it suffered in the April 2011 elections where the party was massively voted out by the people for non-performance.

According to a CPC stakeholder in the state, Alhaji Abubakar Sandaji, what Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura has been able to achieve in one year is 'greater than what the PDP did in the 12 years of their stay in the saddle of government.

'The governor has done so much in just one year in office.  Today, as I am speaking to you, salaries are paid in Nasarawa State as at when due, even by 25th of the month. The workers are happy and are remarkably motivated to put in their best in the task of nation-building. Governor Al-Makura is genuinely committed to provide basic amenities to the people of the state. A casual walk through the streets of Lafia adorned with various completed and on-going projects can attest to that,' he added.