Real reason why I would not contest for Senate in 2019 – Senator Abu Ibrahim
The Katsina longest serving Senator representing Funtua (Katsina South), Senator Abu Ibrahim has for the first time after the APC primaries spoke on why he chose not to vie for the Senate in the coming 2019 general elections.
The Senator, who is in his 70s and trusted ally to the President Muhammadu Buhari said he decided to rest in order to “allow a younger person to come and have a shot at it”.
The fourth time she Senator stated this when he was answering questions from a Daily Trust reporter in Abuja.
Below are the questions he was asked and the answers he gave regarding the issue:
What prompted you to withdraw from the Senate race?
Senator Abu Ibrahim: Well, I have been on and off in the Senate since 1993. And I have been advocating after the election 2015 that I should allow a younger person to come and have a shot at it. As it is said, the world is like a stage; you come, act, and leave.
I have fought to be a senator four times, so I have done enough; let’s build other talents. And we will help them, guide them. I am doing this for the sake of the younger generation because at 70, I should be thinking of retirement.
But politicians of your standing tend to be afraid of leaving power. Are you not afraid?
Senator Abu Ibrahim: I am not leaving power. You see, power is a function of your activities. If I control my zone, participate fully and make sure the new senator emerged, I would still be influential. I was looking at the Osun (governorship) election.
Look at Omisore; they had to bring him back; he was senator two times and he left about eight years ago but he still controls his area. We have to bring him on board to make sure we get enough votes to win the election. So, power is the function of your activities. If we leave it, it does not mean the end of the world.