On Thursday, thousands of electorates from Biu, Bayo, Kwaya-Kusar and Shani Federal Constituency of Borno State purchased nomination forms for the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Muktar Betara Aliyu.
They contributed One Hundred and Ten Million Naira (N110m), out of which the sum of Ten Million Naira (N10m) was used to purchase the APC Nomination and Expression of Interest form. In contrast, the balance was used for other campaigns in the constituency.
Betara Aliyu was elected into the House of Representatives in 2007, served as the Chairperson, House Committee on Army in the 7th Assembly; Chairman, House Committee on Defence in the 8th Assembly, and currently the Chairman, House Committee on Appropriations.
The former Deputy Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Adamu Shettima Yuguda, who led the representatives of the Communities, said those entire members of the communities where the lawmaker hailed from donated Ten Million Naira out of the money.
“I am one of the delegations that came to pick from for our representative member, Muktar Betara Aliyu, who is in the holy land. As a community, we are here to pick the form for him, so we are delegating millions of people.
“We want him back because of his history and his antecedence. He has done a lot, and our people, of course, donated from N20 – N10 million contributed money.
“He’s not even aware that we are here today. We came here to pick the form on his behalf and so this is just for picking the form, the grand finale for the presentation to him will be done in the Local Government,” Gov. Yuguda added.
Speaking on some of the impacts made by Betara Aliyu, he said, “He has done a lot. If I point them out, I won’t finish till tomorrow.”
While noting that Betara Aliyu enjoyed massive support from his constituency, Yuguda disclosed that “as we speak he has no opposition up till now. There is nobody picking the form apart from him. And so he’s just going to be ease. If its tomorrow that is going to be the election, so be it.”