- Supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari are striving to make an impact in the 2019 presidential election
- The president supporters in Kano state have been charged to deliver more than 5 million votes for Buhari in the polls
- The challenge was handed to them by the Kano state chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas Sanusi
The Kano state chairman of the APC, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas Sanusi, has charged the members of the party volunteers in the state to strive beyond the target of five million votes set by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 elections in the state.
Sanusi spoke through a representative on Sunday, September 9, at the Coronation Hall, Kano Government House, during the inauguration of the state chapter of APC Volunteers, Daily Sun reports.
According to the report, the occasion attracted many APC dignitaries such as a former presidential aspirant of the defunct NRC Alhaji Bashir Tofa, a former minister of labour and productivity Alhaji Musa Gwadabe and a former minister of women affairs Hajia Aisha Ismail.
The party chairman said they had moved to all the corners of the state to persuade and scout for votes in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Abdullahi Ganduje before and during the elections.
He tasked them to ensure that voters of President Buhari would cast their votes in favour of Governor Ganduje and vice versa, insisting that APC as a party is one and a singular family.
Sanusi reminded them that regardless of the current opposition, Kano state is a city of President Buhari and Governor Ganduje, just as he reiterated the enormous contributions of the duo towards the upliftment of the lives of the people of the state.
In his remarks, the secretary of the state government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji, maintained that the idea of a volunteer team is in line with norms of global democratic practice, adding that it was conceived as part of efforts to enlist the support and contributions of every member of the party towards the success of the party.
He said that by their inauguration as a body, the idea that only the rich and influential could play significant role in the party has been rubbished, adding that a member with as little as N5 million and the member with millions of naira, are equal stakeholders in the party.
Alhaji charged the volunteers to remain steadfast and focused in their quest to win converts for the second tenure of President Buhari and Governor Ganduje.
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In his remarks, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje disclosed that they would deploy the newly inaugurated volunteers, alongside other security agencies towards the peaceful conduct of the direct primaries of the party in the state.
Meanwhile, a former national commissioner of the Independent National Eectoral Commission, Professor Lai Olurode, on Sunday, September 9, said President Buhari should have rejected the N45million approved by the APC as cost of its presidential nomination form ahead of the 2019 general elections.
He said other aspirants, especially the youth, who could not afford the nomination form, had been shut out by the decision of the ruling party.
The professor of sociology at the University of Lagos said this in Lagos during the annual national conference of Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Lagos Area Unit.
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