OrderPaperToday – The Governor of Sokoto state, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has dared the All Progressives Congress (APC) to record a similar “gargantuan crowd” at its 2019 political rally in the North-West.
The challenge was in reaction to a statement reportedly made by the Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) during its campaign in Sokoto state hired crowds from Niger Republic.
Responding to El-Rufai, the Special Adviser on Public Enlightenment and Mobilization to Tambuwal, Akibu Dalhatu in a statement on Thursday stated that El-Rufai was only trying “to score cheap political goals”.
Dalhatu said: “The outcry by El-rufa’i is a testimony to the fact that APC and its leadership were shocked by the gargantuan crowd the rally recorded in Sokoto which serve as the final burial of APC government in the Northwest and Nigeria in general because of perpetual failure, bad leadership, massive corruption, failure to end terrorism and other security challenges bedeviling our nation since the inception of Buhari’s administration in 2015.
“For the purpose of setting the record straight, El-rufa’i should not forget so soon that his hands were deeply involved in messing up of the present administration as a result of his bad governance and policies as a governor of Kaduna state, through mass sacking of innocent primary school teachers, unnecessary demolition of peoples landed properties, disregards and disrespects to traditional rulers, Northern elders, leaders and other respected institutions, escalation of insecurity, refusal to obey the court orders and rule of law among several others.
“El-Rufai is cold-hearted. It was the same Northwest people that he and his party begged for support in 2015, but because the failure of APC government, incessant hunger and poverty all over the region, that have made them to decamp to PDP, He is now calling them foreigners.”
According to Dalhatu, the PDP’s campaign in Sokoto state instilled fear in the minds of “El-rufa’i and his cohorts so much that in their wildest imagination their party, the APC will fight it impossible to record a replica of such mammoth crowd in any state of the Northwest including El-rufa’I’s own state of Kaduna.”
Tambuwal’s aide continued: “We therefore challenge El-rufa’i and APC to do same if at all they can in any of the state in Northwest.”
He boasts that Tambuwal will deliver the entire Northwest to PDP because of “massive support, love and loyalty of the people of the Northwest to him.”