By Abdallah el-Kurebe, Editor
Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko has cautioned traditional rulers in Sokoto state against playing partisan politics as well as aligning with any particular political party.
A statement signed by the Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Senator, Bashir Rabe Mani Sunday quoted Wamakko as giving the warning on Saturday at Kebbe and Shagari towns, respectively while flagging off campaigns of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“When I was elected as Governor in 2007, the monthly salaries of the District Heads was N8,000 per month, but I increased to about N100,000. Now they are being paid N200,000 to get wooed to participate in politics. This is very wrong .
“The traditional rulers are supposed to be fathers to all, including the leaders and members of the various political parties, as such, they should never be partisan.”
Senator Wamakko further recalled how during his administration he assisted traders, farmers and other categories of citizens of the state.
He promised that the same feat would be replicated if the APC was elected into government in the forth-coming general elections.
“The entire people of the State should therefore come out, en masse and elect the party’s candidates, at all levels, during the polls.”
Wamakko condoled the people of Shagari local government over the recent death of the second republic President, Alhaji Shehu Shagari and described his demise as a great loss to the entire country.
Wamakko extended the sincere appreciation of President Muhammadu Buhari to the people of the state for the warmest reception he was accorded during his recent visit to the state to flag his re-election campaign.
The Chairman and Director -General of the State Campaign Council, Alhaji Muhammadu Maigari Dingyadi and Alhaji Yusuf Suleiman, former Minister of Transport, respectively said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state was dead .
The duo appealed to the people in the state to translate the undying love they have for the party into colossal votes, during the forthcoming polls.
The State Chairman of the Party, Alhaji Isa Sadiq Achida, called on the people in the state to challenge the PDP to showcase their achievements in the last four years, rather than blackmail, as well as campaign of calumny against the APC.
The Deputy Gubernatorial Candidate, Alhaji Faruku Malami Yabo, promised to strive to follow the footsteps of Senator Wamakko, when finally elected.
The highlight of the ceremony was the defection of 8,850 PDP members in Kebbe and Shagari Local Governments to the APC.
Prominent among them were the former Chairman of Shagari Local Government, Alhaji Nasiru Habibu Shagari, a former Vice Chairman in the area, Alhaji Muhammad Tubal and a former Education Secretary, Alhaji Abubakar Muhammad Shagari, among others.