By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
The presidential campaign train of the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) on Wednesday took the front stage of Sokoto politics with its candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari reassuring Nigerians of his resolve to strengthen the economy, fight corruption and guarantee the security of the country and its citizens.
The President who was overwhelmed by the unprecedented reception, show of love and support by the people of Sokoto state, noted that APC was well on ground in the caliphate.
Buhari who arrived the Giginya township stadium venue of the rally amidst thunderous ovation from hundreds of thousand supporters said he was going to re-engineer the machinery of governance to cause relief for Nigerians through boosting agriculture.
According to him, within the over three years of his administration, farmers have been placed on a beneficial yield through government responsive agriculture programmes.
” It has afforded a number of them the legitimate means of responding to their financial needs and sustained food security.”
In the same vein, he explained that the issue of insecurity particularly in Borno and Yobe states and the whole of northeast was fast being tackled with appreciable successes.
” We are doing our best and Borno people can testify that”, he added.
Similarly, the President who acknowledged the untiring efforts of Senator Wamakko in uniting the party in Sokoto state while urging supporters to vote APC candidates at all levels, also pointed out that his government was doing everything possible in fighting corruption, adding that” we are not relenting and anyone established to be guilty will face appropriate penalty.”
The party’s National Leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu said President Muhammad Buhari and the APC were set to make Nigeria a better place for an average citizen.
According to Tinubu, Buhari had always been the best and trusted candidate to steer the ship of governance at the centre without recourse.
” He has the moral character, honesty and zeal to move the country to the Next Level of prosperity.
” Farmers in Nigeria have never had it good like in this APC government which Buhari is leading.
” I am convinced that Nigerians will vote for him to move the country in the right direction”, he solicited.
Speaking, National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole said Nigerians were ready to give their votes to Buhari whom he described as “a man of the people” with national acceptance across the states.
According to Oshiomhole” that is why we are behind the voice of the people of Nigeria to ensure his reelection.”
While noting that the opposition PDP outcry over alleged attempt to rig election, Oshiomhloe reassured that APC’s grand support was enough to send signal to the opposition.
” It is clear that since their defeat in 2015, PDP has lost ground and machinery of rigging which they were used to hence the allegations, he pointed out.
Earlier, the DG Presidential campaign council, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Ameachi explained the veritable need to give President Buhari a fresh mandate to put the country on the right pedestal of good governance that would ensure transformation of the nation’s economy.
He said that a lot was on the pipeline to strengthen the transport sector with a view to shaping the economy.
Ameachi also disclosed that already, a blue print is being worked on for the implementation of the concluded designed rai lines to link Jibiya- Gusau- Sokoto and Kebbi accordingly.
Also, in his remarks, the chairman Northern Senators Forum(NSF) and Coordinator, APC North west zonal presidential campaigns, Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko described President Buhari as a tested leader to beat in the forthcoming polls while assuring him of the patriotic support of Sokoto people whom the former governor said were resilient and ready to give their votes to the President and other APC candidates.
In his welcome address, the state party chairman, Alhaji Sadiq Isah Achida told the rally that the love for President Buhari and APC by Sokoto people was unprecedented, describing the visit by the president as a home coming not one for soliciting votes.
He seized he opportunity to advance the request of the Sokoto business community to appeal to President Buhari to approve the reopening of the Illela border, as they were willing to pay the appropriate duties to enable them carry out their legitimate business with ease.
Those in attendance at the rally included the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazau, Minister of state, Trade and Investment, Aisha Abubakar; Gov. Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar of Zamfara state, Sen. Ahmed Sani Yariman Bakura, former Senators. Ali Modu Sherif, Abubakar Umar Gada.
Others were the National Women Leader, Hajiya Salamatu Baiwa, DG Sokoto state APC campaign Council, Muhammadu Maigari Dingyadi, Alhaji Musa Bashar and Shiekh Malam Badhir Gidan Kanawa who led the opening prayer to herald the event amidst tight security.