By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Alhaji Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa and other PDP chieftains in Sokoto state on Wednesday flagged off state wide campaign with a resolve to vote out opposition candidates at all levels across the state.
They also urged supporters to turnout enmasse and vote the party’s presidential flag bearer, Atiku Abubakar.
Speaking before the well attended rally in Binji town, headquarters of Binji local government with historical records on the emergence of the famous Sokoto caliphate, Tambuwal assured of a people oriented government if given the mandate for a second term.
Accoding to him” we are not poised to clinching power by force and anyone one who thinks he can, Sokoto people will resist as we are not used to seeking power by all means”‘ he pointed out.
The governor who is also the PDP Northwest Presidential campaign Coordinator called on Sokoto people to show APC the way out using their votes in 2019.
He debunked claims its supporters were among defectors to the opposition APC, explaining that” APC had said that we have no followers and later claimed to have received PDP defectors numbering 60″, where did they emerged from? he asked.
Tambuwal also acknowledged the laudable and unflinching support and cooperation enjoyed by his government from people of the state while saying” you have been instrumental to our appreciable successes in the last four years. We will continue to build on our laudable achievements.
” It is your government and we will provide equal opportunities for all and sundry for he advancement of the state”, he promised.
Former Deputy Governor and one time Minister for Water Resources, Barrister Mukhtari Shagari urged supporters of the party to vote out APC at all levels, recalling that APC came under the guise of a people oriented party but turned out to be deceptive.
The Director General campaign council, Mukhtari Bello Maigona said PDP is fast growing with wide acceptance in Sokoto state.
According to the young politician who is also the Chairman, Pilgrims Welfare Agency(PWA) described the opposition APC as a dead party in the state, stressing that it has diminished the the value and strength of Nigeria as a nation.
He urged people of the state to use their votes to protect and advance their franchise by supporting the party, saying that a vote for Tambuwal would enable him to consolidate on the good works started.
” Is time for you to rise and defend your right by voting PDP in the 2019 polls”, he said.
In his remarks former Governor and leader of the PDP in Sokoto state, Alhaji Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa who assured that he and his people would work towards the success of Tambuwal and all PDP candidates in the state.
Bafarawa who recalled that he left behind wealthy treasure for his successor after 8 years , sympathised with Tambuwal who not only inhwrited empty treasury but disaster from his predecessor.
” We will support Tambuwal to realise his dream for a second term and ensure he brings rapid development n Sokoto state.
” I urge you all to mobilise your votes for PDP candidates at all levels.”
In the same vein, the state Deputy Governor Hon. Manniru Dan Iya said PDP was not avmatch to any party in the state, describing APC as Platform likened to an idol which cannot be marketed.
According to Dan Iya” marketing APC is like promoting an idol which will not profit anyone in Sokoto state and Nigeria urge electorates to use their votes to elect Tambuwal and all our candidates.”
Earlier, Sokoto central campaign Coordinator, Abdullahi Maigwandu who was overwhelmed by the crowd said he was sure and confident that PDP was on the verge of making history again to steer the mantle of leadership.
Other notable speakers and party chieftains, Ahmed Muhammad Gusau and Senator Ila Gada who made remarks in the same direction, insisted that PDP has and would continue to make Sokoto people and Nigerians proud if given the mandate.
” Our party is set to strengthen the nation for economic and social prosperity by providing the enabling environment at the state and federal levels for the benefit of our citizens.”
The state party chairman, Alhaji Ibrahim Milgoma while expressing delight with the crowd noted that challenging the strength of PDP in the state and Nigeria was a costly gamble by the opposition APC.
According to Milgoma” APC will not succeed and Tambuwal remain a political heroe so endeared to the people of Sokoto state.
” Common sense should tell APC that the game us almost over in favour of PDP in Sokoto state and Nigeria”, he pointed out.
However, higlight of the rally attended by thousands of PDP supporters was the presentation of candidates with the party’s flags as symbol for contesting the 2019 elections at all levels.