NASARAWA State governor, Umaru Tanko Al-makura, has promised that the people of the state would determine who succeeds him in office in 2019.
The governor, who is currently serving a second term of four years, also spoke on his political ambition after completing his eight-year rule.
Al-Makura specifically declared that it was beyond him to install a successor from the Nasarawa North senatorial district.
The northern axis of the state is yet to produce the governor since of the state in 1996.
“I am too small to determine my successor because such decision is in the hands of the people of the state, even though it is natural that the people would want the Northern part of the state to produce the next governor based on the principle of fairness,” he said.
The governor dispelled rumours doing the rounds that he planned to seek a seat in the National Assembly to represent Nasarawa South.
In a speech to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the state and Nigeria’s 56th Independence anniversary, he said his plan after leaving office was to become a father of all in the state.
On the economy of the state, the governor said Nasarawa was gradually exploring the agricultural sector to boost its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), as a way of diversifying the economy.
He appreciated his predecessors for not handing over a failed state to him and assured the people of the state of greater years ahead.