CHANGING THE FACE OF POLITICS IN TOTO LG: Speaker Balarabe’s Strategy

Nasarawa State had 13 LGAs, one of which is Toto.
It shares boundary with the F.C.T in the north, Kogi State to the south and Benue state at the western plank. The LG is located about 200 kilometers from Lafia, the state capital and comprises of two (2) Development Areas of Umaisha and Gadabuke.
It also has Two (2) State Electoral Constituencies: Toto/Gadabuke and Umaisha/Ugya, in addition to 12 electoral wards; which are Toto, Shafan-Kwatto, Shafan-Abakwa, Ugya, Kanyehu, Umaisha, Dausu, Shegye, Katakpha, Garagwa, Buga/Karmo and Gwargwada respectively.
Politically, Toto LG is one of the area in the state that has the highest record of political violence as election in the area is always greeted by lost of properties and lives.

The election violence in the area in the past has claimed the life of a sitting commissioner in the state late Maimuna Katai making the area to top in the state to loss such personality during election crisis.
The area has produced prominent political office holders both elected and appointed both at local, state and national levels.
The recent and to be precised in 2015, the area has produced one of the most prominent political gladiators in the state, the state’s No. 3 citizen, No. One Lawmaker, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, who is currently serving his second term in office.
there is no doubt that  the local government has become the cynosure of all eyes.
In the last election of 2019 that produced Gov. Abdullahi Sule , going by statistics and percentage, Toto LG was second in the 13 LGAs that has the highest votes that produced the Governor.
The election in the area was adjudged to be most peaceful with high participation a fit attributed to the leadership style of the Speaker who is now the area’s political head.

In this regards, and to consolidate on this fit, the Speaker  has made it crystal clear in several fora that for equity, peace, justice and all round representations to manifest and reign supreme in the area, zoning formula _*MUST*_ be the _sine qua non_  to be adhered to in the choice to chairmanship position.
This idea is with a view to ensuring a most enduring political alliance among the 3 districts of Toto, Umaisha and Gadabuke.
Expectedly, this arrangement has been overwhelmingly accepted by all the major stakeholders in the area, and adjudged as the best developmental approach ever eked out for political progress in the area.

Political analysts are wont to accept that this singular political Arithmetic by the Speaker is already changing the political narratives of the people and ushering in enhanced peace, unity, political participation and all round representations.

Some of the stakeholders and elders who already spoke on the matter included Alh Suleiman Ubam, a former commissioner in both Plateau and Nasarawa, Alh. Isa Ibrahim Rubochi, an elder statesman, Alh. Gambo Yanga, the managing director Dan-Yanga Agro Chemical Nigeria Ltd, Prince Aliyu Sani, the first democratically elected chairman of the area, serving and former House members from the area Hon. Usman Labaran Shafa, Hon. Yusuf Musa Omaki and Hon. Madaki Ada-Goje, as well as Hon. Muhammed Musa Ohinoyi (aka General), who is the longest serving chairman in the area and Mal. Danlami Yanga, a PDP stawalt in the area who recently joined APC,  all discribed the efforts made by the Speaker as the best political move ever made by any leader and widely accepted by all in the area.

The traditional institutions in the area have also thrown their weights behind the arrangement which will enhance peace that the people has been yarning for.
The people of Toto LG to some extend are now united working for peace and progress of the area, the state and the nation at large as well as enhancing their support for the government of the day under Gov. A. A. Sule considering the mass defection to the ruling party.
As the Speaker puts it.
“We have no opposition in Toto LG, and we will not allow any body to use politics to divide us, the peace, unity and progress of my people, Toto LG and Nasarawa State remains my top most priority”
Before the just concluded LG APC primaries the Speaker has made it very clear that he has no anointed candidate, thus providing a leveled play ground for election that ended peacefully and was adjudged as the most peaceful primary election ever held in the history of the people.
Speaker’s  political strength in the area is too obvious and glaring giving the people more sense of oneness and direction politically.
No wonder, recently when the speaker is traveling home for Eid el-Kabir celebration the people converged at Dogon Dutse the border town between Toto and Nasarawa LGAs by rolled out their drums to give him a rowdy welcome just as stakeholders and youths passed a vote of confidence on the Speaker for his leadership qualities.
With the APC congresses and the Speaker as the political head in Toto LG the exercise has been overwhelmed by the people with consensus agreed reached peacefully.
The crux of the matter is that Speaker Balarabe Abdullahi political strategy has brought enduring peace and high political participation in Toto LG.

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