By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
ONE week after failing to realise his presidential ambition at the just concluded opposition Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) elective presidential convention in Portharcourt, Rivers state, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal on Saturday returned to Sokoto in high spirit with a resolve to ensure maximum support for former Vice President Atiku Abubakar for a landslide victory at the 2019 polls.
” I accept the outcome of the primary in good fate and ready to mobilise support for our presidential candidate for victory.”
The governor however, warned opposition APC in the state to mind its utterances else he would not hesitate to expose the rots.
According to him” when I assumed office in 2015, Sokoto elites advised and appealed to me to draw a line and begin on a clean slate of affairs and not to look back on the activities of past government. But if they choose not to guide their utterances, I will ignore the earlier call which will not make their stay comfortable in the state.”
He described the outcome of the PDP elective convention as the will of God that he did not emerged the standard candidate of the party.
Tambuwal who was decked in off white native while addressing supporters and well wishers at the Government House, Sokoto also thanked the delegates for their support.
He also called on PDP supporters in the state to avoid politics of violence and promote free , fair and issue based politics” I will also call on the opposition APC to do the same and not to accelerate violence in the state.”
Tambuwal explained that of his 3 and a half as governor, he was able to tame activities of area boys with a view to promoting sanity in the polity.
” We have to walk pass the era of such vices in the course of politiking in the state.
However, Tambuwal was received amidst warmth receiption by hundreds of thousands party supporters and followers
Tambuwal who was tipped to be the aspirant to beat ahead of 11 others was runner up at the kin contest that saw the emergence of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar as the party’s standard candidate who scored 1,532 votes.
Others in the race according their performances included: Senate President Bukola Saraki (317), Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso(158), Govetnor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe state(111) Sule Lamido(96), Sen. Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi(74), Kabiru Tanimu Turaki(65), Alhaji Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa(48), Sen. David Bonaventure Mark(35), Sen. David Jonah Jang(19) and Ahmed Datti who polled 5 votes to occupy the bottom position at the rancour free, fair, credible and transparent exercise conducted supervised by INEC officials under tight security.