By Suleiman Adamu, Sokoto
The ruling All Progressives Congress PCC train led by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday stormed Sokoto , the seat of the caliphate with its right foot amidst ovation by mammoth crowd of supporters hailing the formal defection and welcoming into the party’s fold, the state deputy governor , Muhammad Mannir Dan Iya and his political mentor , Alhaji Umaru Kwabo A.A.
The duo, dumped the opposition PDP to join the APC to strengthen it’s “Hope Renewal” agenda for a more prosperous Nigeria which it’s presidential standard bearer , Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is seeking to drive for the benefits of the citizenry if given the mandate.
The campaign train locked down the caliphate especially the much busy streets from the airport to the venue of the rally and othe major streets leading to the Sultan’s palace.
On arrival, Buhari and the presidential candidate, paid homage to the Sultan of Sokoto , Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar in his palace before making their way to the Giginya Memorial stadium , Sokoto venue of the rally.
The President has said that no going back on his support and those of the entire APC top notches including governors for the party’s presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu whom he described as one with the qualities to succeed him and lead Nigeria.
He said he led the team to Sokoto to strengthen the chances of the party and its presidential and governorship candidates towards realising the desired support and victory come February 25th and March 11th, 2023 polls.
Buhari who expressed delight at the receiption he received from the people of Sokoto state , observed that the caliphate was truly an APC state, urging supporters to pass the message across to those who were unable to make the rally that Tinubu remained the sure and better choice for the country.
” In shaa Allah, our choice of Tinubu will soon translate as the choice of our creator.”
Speaking, the Presidential candidate , Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu said the broom revolution will sanitise Nigeria by providing sound and dependable environment devoid of corruption with full opportunities for the citizenry .
He said the broom revolution has done alot over time in chasing away the PDP, stressing that he would eliminate corruption while appreciating the robust leadership of president Buhari.
Tinubu said driving the agenda for hope renewal would entail his team setting the pace for hardwork in reversing the odds by revamping agriculture, job creation, better economic transformation as well opening the horizon for market expansion and empowerment schemes for self reliance.
” If we massively put our votes together for the party to emerge victorious, our drive for a better Nigeria will make every Nigerian happy and great.”
Earlier, the National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu described opposition PDP as a dead and buried party that has failed the confidence of Nigerians in many respects.
According to him” only APC has the positive trajectory that has done beyond expectations of Nigerians in the area of transformation and good leadership for a developed Nigeria.”
However, the former Nassarawa state governor took turn to receive decampees and presented Umaru Kwabo and the state governorship candidate the party flags of entry and contest.
Also, Leader of the Sokoto state chapter , Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wammako and the governorship candidate , Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto who spoke in the same direction said APC was the political life and dream of over 80% of electorates in the state.
Stressing that the party has the capacity to win the state landslide as it noted that PDP had long failed electorates in all aspects of governance.
Aliyu Sokoto disclosed that Wamakko was the the secrete behind the sprawling wave of support the APC had in the state.
” He has continued to woo unflinching support for the party been a man of the people with listening ears and easily accessible to all classes of persons.”
He assured of building on Wamakko’s legacies and improving the lots of the people by enhancing welfare, improving agricultural activities , education , skills acquisition, youth and women empowerment as well water supply and healthcare delivery services by equipping health facilities.
The Speaker HoRs, Femi Gbajabiamila said the strength of the APC was overwhelming noting that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has the rare qualities and knew the way for a prosperous Nigeria with full opportunities for all citizens.
He rallied support for all candidates of the party for HoRs in the state while urging people of the state to vote for APC to reap the best dividends of democracy.
However, governors Atiku Bagudu, Samuel Lalong and Bello Mutawalle , Abubakar Badaru who also spoke urged supporters and people of the state to take queue from the resilience and sense of political drive of former governor Wamakko who they described as a dependable pillar and vote for APC candidates across the board.
Dignitaries at the rally included, the Minister of Police Affairs and Sokoto APC campaign Director General, Muhammadu Maigari Dingyadi, former governors of Kebbi, Sa’idu Usman Dakingari, Abdulazizi Yari of Zamfara and Muhammad Abdullahi of Bauchi among