Election: Drama as residents boo governor over ‘unfulfilled’ campaign promises



Irate residents of Kurmi Local Government Area of Taraba State over the weekend reportedly booed Governor Darius Ishaku over unfulfilled campaigns promises he allegedly made in 2015.
The governor, who is seeking reelection under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was forced down from the podium after reportedly repeating the same campaign promise he made in 2015.
The event, which later turned violent took place at the premises of Government Day Secondary School Bassa at Kurmi Local Government Area. It went viral on the internet over the weekend.
A resident of Kurmi Local Government told PREMIUM TIMES that the governor failed to deliver on previous promises he made to the locals while campaigning in the area in 2015.
He said the locals were peeved he failed to carry out infrastructural development in the area especially the Baissa road which links the headquarters of Kurmi Local Government Area to others.
The resident, who preferred not to be named, said the governor also failed to provide amenities to them as he promised.

Governor ‘harassed’
Mr Ishaku, while addressing the locals, was intermittently booed by the angry locals.
The source said members of the governor’s entourage could be heard in the background telling him not to mention the Bassa road as a campaign promise so as not to anger the crowd more.
The governor had to cut short his campaign address when the crowd prevented him from speaking further, sources say.
When the governor eventually stepped down, an unidentified member of the governor’s entourage, who addressed the crowd appealed to them. However, his appeal did not douse tension; the governor’s entourage had to leave hurriedly.
Government denial
However, the governor’s spokesperson, Bala Dan-Abu told PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday said no such thing happened.
He said Kurmi is a PDP stronghold and also the governor’s fort, noting that Mr Ishaku enjoys the support of the electorate there.
He said ”several times, critical stakeholders from the community have come to Jalingo to meet the governor”.

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