How Farmers, fishermen funded my campaigns – Teacher who defeated Yobe Speaker

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By Kasim Isa Muhammad

A 33-year-old volunteer teacher, Mr Lawan Musa, who won the March 18 Nguru ll constituency election in Yobe State, has explained how he defeated the incumbent, Alhaji Ahmed Lawan.

A young teacher, Lawan Musa, who ended the Yobe State House of Assembly Speaker, Ahmed Lawan’s 20-year stay in the legislature, explains to newsmen how he achieved the feat.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Musa said he began his village-to-village campaign on foot.

It was revealed that Musa, who contested the election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party defeated the current Speaker, Yobe House of Assembly, Lawan.

The returning officer of the election, Habib Muhammad, who announced the result stated that Musa, scored 6,648 votes to defeat Yobe’s Speaker of the All Progressives Congress, who secured 6,466 votes.

According to NAN, Musa who spoke with journalists on Sunday in Damaturu, the state capital on Sunday, said that it was mid-way into the campaign that someone in neighbouring Jigawa State donated a motorcycle to him.

“Someone, who noticed our determination to the cause and lack of funds in the campaign organisation, also donated a car to boost the quest to reach out to our people.

“My people, most of whom are farmers and fish sellers, raised funds to fuel the car. Some called and wished me success, while others sent between N50,000 to N20,000 into my account as their contributions,” he said.

TCR gathered that Musa, who holds an HND in Business Administration/Management from Federal Polytechnic, Damaturu, said that backwardness in education and other spheres of life motivated him to run for the seat occupied by Lawan for 20 years.

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