By Danlami Nmodu
President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC now stand a much better chance of winning the next general elections in Nasarawa State. Honourable Ahmed Wadada, a former lawmaker and APC topgun in the state made this prognosis at Government House Lafia Wednesday shortly before the President and his party chieftains arrived for a rally.
Though the President has never personally won an election in Nasarawa State, Wadada alluded to the fact that Buhari is set to break the jinx this time around.While addressing State House Press Corps, the former lawmaker,who represented Keffi, Karu and Kokona Federal Constituency for eight years at the Federal House of Representatives hinted that the clearest indication of imminent victory for Buhari in the state stems from the fact that most of the “political gladiators” are all within the APC contrary of the situation in the past.
Wadada confessed: “Yes truly by votes, counting the votes by figures, President Buhari never won Nasarawa state, but he has always been part of Nasarawa state. ..This time around what is going to be different is, 70 to 80 per cent of the political gladiators of Nasarawa State are all under APC today.And don’t forget, with due humility and respect, this is Honourable Ahmed Wadada speaking as an APC member not PDP anymore. So the game has really changed…APC shall be delivered by the special grace of God.
Also speaking on his party’s chances, Engr. A.A Sule, APC gubernatorial flagbearer in the state said in an interview, “election is about people. We have been going round to see them. APC has been having more campaign activities than any other political party in this state. We have been going round the state 24 hours because we believe we don’t have to rig elections..”
Buhari, APC storms Lafia as presidential campaign gathers momentum
President Buhari who arrived Lafia in the afternoon proceeded later to Lafia Square where he assured Nigerians once again that he will not betray the people’s trust. He made the assertion for the umpteenth time during his campaign in Nasarawa State.
He assured the people that stolen assets will be retrieved and the proceeds used to develop infrastructure.
Those who addressed the rally included former Governor Abdullahi Adamu,Governor Umar Tanko Al-Makura and APC National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole. Abike Dabiri-Erewa was also on the podium moderating affairs.
Arrival in Lafia
President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC Campaign team arrived Lafia, capital of Nasarawa State Wednesday at about 2.40pm in continuation of his reelection campaign.
Buhari who arrived after his rally in Makurdi earlier flew into Lafia in a chopper.
On ground to receive him at Govt House Lafia were Governor Umar Tanko Al-Makura, former Governor now Senator Abdullahi Adamu, Minister of Interior General Abdulrahman Dambazau, other party bigwigs, traditional rulers and others. Also present were Hon. Wadada and APC guber candidate, Eng AA Sule.
Presidential Spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu, Abike Dabiri-Erewa were among those who arrived in a separate helicopter earlier. A police helicopter also landed ahead of the president’s chopper.Also in Lafia with the President was APC national chairman, Oshiomhole.
The president and his campaign team moved inside Government House after a brief reception ceremony.
Before proceeding to the Lafia Square venue of the presidential rally, Buhari met traditional rulers who expressed their gratitude to him for standing by them after the recent death of the emir of Lafia.
Buhari also canvassed their support again.He equally reiterated his position that campaigning based ethnicity and religion is fraudulent.The president recalled his travails in the past at the Supreme Court headed by Justices of Hausa/Fulani ethnic background.He lost election appeal cases taken to the apex court repeatedly.
Governor Al-Makura in his remarks also,among other issues, thanked President Buhari for appointing their son, Mohammed A. Adamu as the acting Inspector General of Police.