OrderPaperToday – The member representing Shiroro, Rafi, Munya, Federal Constituency of Niger State, Abubakar Chika has announced that he won’t be seeking reelection back to House of Representatives.
The former lecturer made the shocking announcement in a letter he signed, dated 16th of Nov, 2017.
According to him, “now that the 2019 election is ringing the bell, I wish to inform you in earnest that I am not personally interested in contesting or recontesting the position I am currently occupying.”
Chika, who is currently in the House on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), noted that his decision is borne out of the teaching of Prophet Muhammed (SAW)
He stated that the National Assembly is losing the trust of the people, adding that without the trust of the people, recontesting would be act of selfishness on his part.
According to Chika, “Now that there is eroding public trust in legislators of the National Assembly, it is not worth the trouble to seek for such office unless it is for selfish and personal interest.
“Although I have quite a number of reasons not to contest the upcoming elections. I want to draw the attention of our great party APC in Niger State of the disconnect between the governance in the state and membership of the National Assembly, the State Assembly and other key Stakeholders because there is an absence of synergy.
“We are in pursuit of individual agendas and as such at loggerheads with the ideals in the party.”he stated.
According to the letter, Chika expressed gratitude to the party for the opportunity to serve and also reiterated his commitment to the party.
“I wish to inform the party of that I am available to donate my experiences and expertise to the party if you so wish” he stated
The 1st term member from Niger State appears to be the first lawmaker to voluntarily turned down reelection opportunity.
Although it is a rare thing in Nigeria, It would be recalled that a US Senator, Bob Corker (Republican) from Tennessee announced on 26th September 2017 that he would not seek reelection.