Former Borno’s permanent secretary drops aspiration for senate, opts for House of Reps

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As the All Progressive Congress (APC) primary elections draw nearer with alignment and realignment on who become candidates, a frontline Southern Borno senatorial aspirant, Tarpaya Asarya, has dropped his aspiration but decided to opt to contest Askira-Uba/ Hawul Federal Constituency come 2023 general elections.

It was gathered that the situation was taken after series of consultations with political stakeholders in the area where it was agreed that he would be only supported for the House of Representatives seat.

Asarya was until recently a Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Emirate Affairs in Borno State.

The aspirant, who initially showed interest in contesting for the Borno South Senatorial seat, has to change his mind after wide consultation with critical stakeholders before gunning for his political ambition.

The Southern Borno senatorial district is presently filled by Senator Ali Ndume, while Askira -Uba/ Hawul Federal Constituency is occupied by Dr. Haruna Mshelia, both from the ruling APC, who have all indicated their interests to re-contest come 2023.

But many aspirants have come out to indicate their interest in challenging the seats of the incumbent federal lawmakers ahead of 2023.

Impeccable sources told our correspondent that, Asarya, who holds the referred title as the ‘Zanna Marghima of Borno’ has made all arrangements with his teeming supporters to tour the constituency and declare his intention for the senatorship this week.

He was however advised to step aside, as he was given a full backing by the political powers to aspire for the seat at the lower chamber of the National Assembly.

Sources said Asarya has agreed to step aside and pick the expression of interest and nomination form for the position of Federal House of Representative any moment from now.

Speaking on phone to our correspondent, Asarya said: “I am a law-abiding member. I have agreed to step down as an aspiring Senator representing Southern Borno on the platform of our great party.

“I have now joined the race to aspire for the House of Representatives (Askira-Uba/Hawul Federal Constituency.

“If given the mandate as candidate and elected into the office, I pledged to transform the constituency for the better.

“Qualitative healthcare delivery and education, job creation, infrastructural development, agricultural modernization, youth and women empowerment among others would be my priority.”

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