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Published On: Wed, Jan 14th, 2015

Shagari, others shun PDP guber rally

Muktari ShagariFrom Raji Bello, Sokoto

The Peoples Democratic Party in Sokoto, has flagged off its governorship campaign train with promise to reverse the poverty trend, as well as to restore good morals among the youths in the state.

However, the state leader of the party and Deputy governor, Mukhtari Shagari, alongside former Transports Minister, Yusuf Suleiman and Abubakar Umar Gada, who contested the party ticket were conspicuously absent at the event.

Their non participation in the ceremony, according to source, may not be unconnected with the crisis that rocked the December 8th, 2014 gubernatorial primary election result.

But speaking at the flag off ceremony held at Shehu Kangiwa Square, yesterday in Sokoto, the party gubernatorial candidate, Ambassador Abdallah Wali, said his administration will not condone misplaced priority.

“We are endowed but efforts are not being made to tap them for productive purposes for our people. The people of Sokoto state don’t need the beautification and upgrading of hotels”, he said.

He also promised to boost the state economic values through ensuring functional industries and agricultural development.

The gubernatorial candidate also vowed to emphasise the articulation of responsive projects development if elected in the forthcoming poll.

Wali noted that the party wants to form a government of sound and responsive vision for the benefit of an average person in Sokoto state and Nigeria.

Also Speaking at the rally, former governor of the state, Attahiru Bafarawa, urged members of the party not to shame the confidence he had in them.

According to him, “this is the last and final bus stop where we are planning to bid goodbye to Wamakko for Wali to take over”, he said.

The former DPP presidential candidate explained that he had been the source of political pride for many Sokoto politicians, including incumbent governor Wamakko, adding “I have been so passionate and helpful in grooming many people that are in government in the state.

“I will not want to betray the trust PDP has put in me, this is why I am leading you on the path of victory”, he pointed out.

He noted that he had achieved a lot politically and that it was time members and supporters of PDP in the state to avoid the game of deceit by the opposition.

“But you can’t get power while sleeping or lying down. The crowd today is a testimony that PDP is ready and willing to deliver the state from the wrecks of the opposition”, he vowed.

Also speaking, the former Minister for Defence, Bello Halliru, said Nigerians should not base their understanding of the right choice to base on religion but competence and service.

 

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