From Edwin Olofu, Kano
No fewer than 35 associations have purchased the All Progressive Congress (APC), governorship nomination form for Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state in the forthcoming 2019 general election.
The associations under the aegis of One-2-tell-10 association, said the form was purchased at the rate of N22.5m, at the party secretariat, believing that Ganduje is a good product of true democracy.
The presentation of the form was held at Coronation Hall, Government House, Kano on Monday, where delegates across all the 44 local governments were present at the event.
The leader of the groups, Jazuli Abdulkarim Dayyabu said “Ganduje is prudent in the resource management and believes in good governance at all levels. He is a leader that deserves all our support at all times.”
“We deem it fit to network with other associations and purchase this form for His Excellency our amiable governor Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje to re-contest for the next year’s gubernatorial election.”
“All those that are seen as detractors to President Buhari and Ganduje are nonentity in the political practice of the nation, insisting that, “When we realised the nature of the good work he has been doing to better our lots, we promised to do our best for his re-election.”
Dayyabu assured that they would not stop from the purchase of the form alone, they vowed to continue with their networking and cooperation up to the election period, when results would finally be announced.
In his speech also, governor Ganduje commended the groups and assured them that he accepts to re-contest again come 2019.
Ganduje reminding that, “The fact that groups purchased form for our dear President Muhammadu Buhari and here we are other groups purchased form for me, it shows the similarity between our styles of leadership.”
“We all know that President Buhari is up and doing in the fight against corruption and in the prudent management of our resources. I am extremely happy for this gesture. It also shows your appreciation of what we are doing for the state,” he appreciated.
While assuring all that, the direct procedures in the primary elections to come was a clear way of improving democratic process in the state, he urged the groups to stand firm in making sure that, “…they finish the good effort they started up to election period and beyond.”
Speaking also, the state APC chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas, reveals that amongst the associations that put heads to purchase the form were Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), association of tricycle operators, Councillors association, and many more Buhari organisations.
Abbas said “We are all in the support Buhari and Ganduje re-election bid come 2019. We all believe in their efforts in developing our nation and the state. Today’s event shows clearly how people are supportive and satisfied with our administration in the state.”
Kano State House of Assembly Speaker, Kabiru Alasan Rurum also suggested that, voter cards should be displayed henceforth in any political gathering aimed at canvassing support for governor Ganduje.
“Henceforth we should make it a matter of priority that when we are organising similar events, all participants should be coming to meetings or any other gatherings with their voter registration cards, to show to whoever cares to listen and watch, that, we are determined to get the 5 million votes we vowed to give Buhari and Ganduje.”