The Speaker, Yobe State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chiroma Buba Mashio, who has been in the house for 24 years, has explained why no one has ever challenged his victory in court.
In an interview with Daily Trust, Mashio, who is in his 7th term in the Assembly, said he was able to maintain his position because he is a grassroots politician, adding that his opponents have never challenged his victory because they know that he wins his elections fair and square.
“For the past 24 years, no one has ever challenged my victory in court because they know that I win my election fair and square without any argument. My people are with me; they have been supporting me without any objection. This is to show you how I have been standing with my people no matter the predicament.
“So, you shouldn’t disappoint your supporters because there will be times when you will need their assistance and they will respond too.
“I’m a grassroots politician who grew up in politics and I’m loved by my people. In return, I have a special love for my people. I reach out to them by paying regular visits, condolence visits and sympathising with them whenever a disaster occurs. I never run away from them; even if I do not attend, I send strong delegations to represent me.
“Similarly, when people come with their problems, I address them based on my ability and capacity as a lawmaker. Sometimes, people come with the demand of N100,000 to settle hospital bills or school fees for children and I pay half. If it’s N50,000, I can pay N25,000 or N20,000. That is how I kept retaining my seat and supporters.
“Also, there are some people who don’t want your money, money is not everything. Even if you share the salary and allowances of state assembly members, it would not be enough to solve their problems. In fact, my salary and allowances cannot woo supporters for me. What people need is care, love and a sense of belonging. When they call your number, pick up the call, and talk to them in a mature manner,” he said.