By Abubakar Hassan

Niger State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Alh. Nasir O. Ayilara

Niger State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Alh. Nasir O. Ayilara

Elected members of the Niger State House of Assembly have been given their certificates of return by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state.

Presenting the certificates to the elected members Wednesday, at the state INEC office, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Alh. Nasir O. Ayilara, told the elected members that the issuance of the certificates marks the formal recognition and authentication of the transparent mandate they have received from their constituencies.

He also reminded them that their victory at the polls was an indication that their constituencies believed in them and their ability to mount effective representation, saying this new faith in them imposes a moral burden to provide good representation to their people.

The commissioner advised recipients that elective public offices should not be seen as means for personal enrichment, but as avenues to serve, saying most times, expectations of the electorate for good representation from their elected representatives were not met.

He stated that unnecessary agitation for personal welfare among elected officials tend to slow down development, while the electorate suffer, declaring that to whom much is given, much is expected.

He also reminded them that the lessons of the election from which they emerged victorious indicated that, henceforth, representation must be taken seriously, urging them to learn to from the lessons.

The resident commissioner also informed them that, as members of the state assembly, their position is very crucial, because in a federation, development is predicated on the states rather than the centre, saying that the welfare of the people of the state, which is their enormous responsibility, is in their hands.

He also condemned the practice by politicians, who soon after losing election, decamped to the winning party, saying this practice must be re-assessed by the National Assembly if the country is not to drift to a one party dictatorship. He urged politicians to practice politics of principles and integrity.

Alhaji Ayilara also thanked Nigerlites and Nigerians for believing in the ability of the commission to conduct free, fair and credible elections, and for giving the commission the expected support and co-operation in making the elections not only free, fair and credible, but most significantly peaceful.

He added that without the support and co-operation of all stakeholders, they could only achieve little.

Speaking on behalf of all the elected members, the member-elect for Gurara constituency, Hajiya Binta Mamman, thanked Nigerlites for the mandate given to them and urged them to believe in them, saying they will not disappoint them.

All the members-elect received their Certificate of Return with the exception of that of Wushishi, Suleja and Shiroro who were absent at the occasion and  that of Agwara, whose name was omitted from the list.

The INEC resident commissioner explained that the omission  was due to “a little problem” from the commission’s headquarter in Abuja, and that it was not peculiar to Niger State, promising that as soon as the commission’s chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, returned from his trip, it will be rectified and the member will be presented his certificate.