President Goodluck Jonathan has said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under his leadership has done so much worthy of the support of the people of Sokoto State.
Jonathan was speaking in Sokoto on Saturday while formally receiving former Governor Attahiru Bafarawa, who defected to the PDP recently.
“Towards farmers’ enhancement programme, we accessed 282 farmers directly under the Gross Enhancement Support (GES) scheme. And I was personally here to inaugurate the Almajiri Integrated School with the Sultan,” Jonathan said.
The President added that the PDP would continue to lead Nigeria to greatness because “it is the only party that is stable and it will continue to uphold the tenets of democracy as well as respect the rule of law at all levels.”
Promising to change Sokoto state , Jonathan further said that the federal government under the Party would continue to deliver the dividends of democracy to Nigerians.
But in a swift reaction, Inuwa Abdulkadir, the Interim Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) of Sokoto State said that Jonathan’s visit to the state is a political jamboree.
“Since Jonathan became president to date, we have never seen the President coming to Sokoto to commission any project that has direct bearing on the lives of the people of Sokoto state,” he retorted.
For Abdulkadir, who is an immediate past Minister of Youths and Social Development,it is amazing that the President took his time off serious government business in Abuja at a time that he should have concentrated on conferring with security chiefs to see how best they can arrest the insecurity situation in the country.
“It is unbecoming of a president and disservice to the people of Nigeria who elected him as their president. We believe that his coming to Sokoto is nothing but to ignite some crisis and the people of Sokoto are very much aware of that but they will be calm,” he said.
Abdulkadir added that the people of the state were unshaken about the visit. “We are sure that the visit will not translate to any electoral value for the PDP. And in fact, one thing about which we are happy for the visit is that it will expose those who claim to have any PDP in Sokoto state. Secondly, it will expose (those) who are being recruited and paid to undertake a callous kind of political agenda against the people of Northern Nigeria.
“We will see those who are invited from Niger and Kebbi to populate the gathering in order to give the president a befitting rally to start imposing his political agenda against the Northerners. We are very much aware of the recruitment in Kebbi and Niger states, including some governors,” he alleged.
Abdulkadir also alleged that SURE-P funds were being used to facilitate the arrangements even as the youths recruited under the programme had not been paid for months.
“We are also aware that all the arrangements are being facilitated through the funds of SURE-P because the young people that were recruited sometimes last year have (not) been paid their allowances in the last five months.”
He appealed to APC supporters and the good people of Sokoto state to be calm and go about their businesses.